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A Tribute to Bishop Michael J. Begley 

May 20, 1984 





Michael Joseph Begley grew up 
in the Northeast in the midst of a 
happy, close-knit family that 
influenced him to enter a life of 
making others happy and 



Whether it is promoting the 
spiritual renewal of his diocese 
or upholding the rights of the 
poor through his work with the 
Catholic Committee on Ap- 
palachia, Bishop Begley has 
shown evidence of being a man 
of bold ideas. 


For more than 12 years Bishop 
Begley has guided his people of 
the Diocese of Charlotte to grow 
in their faith. His inspiration, he 
said, comes from "a love for the 
people and the Church. ' ' 

A Special Occasion . . 

•Someone recently asked how we could produce a 24- 
page supplement on the life of one man. That person 
didn't understand that this man has influenced an enor- 
mous number of people in North Carolina for more than 50 
years. Hundreds of pages could be written on Bishop 
Michael J. Begley and some things would still be left 
unsaid. This supplement is but a footnote (we hope a 
worthwhile one) to the life of this missionary priest of the 
Diocese of Raleigh and first ordinary of the Diocese of 

We thank the many people who gave their talents and 
time to make this supplement a reality. We are par- 
ticularly grateful to the staff of The North Carolina Catholic, 
the free lance writers, and all those who contributed 
photos, articles, and memories to it. 

Most especially, we thank Bishop Begley for being his 
usual open, cooperative, and cheerful self in helping us 
gather the information for this supplement, and for his 
support of our work in producing his diocesan newspaper. 

May God bless you abundantly, Bishop Begley. 

—The Editors 

o Bishop Michael J Begley 


1 he coat of arms chosen by Bishop Michael J. Begley 
expresses his love, service, and dedication to the people of 
the Diocese of Charlotte. 

His motto, "Diligimus Fratres," symbolizes his love for 
others. The New American Bible translation of the phrase is 
' 'We have loved the brethren. ' ' 

The shield itself is divided into quarters: two blue and two 
green, each containing a silver symbol. The upper left 
quarter shows a Celtic cross to symbolize the bishop's Irish 

The upper right quarter holds a bird designed by Mercy 
Sister Theophane who constructed the coat of arms. The 
animal is a composite of three different kinds of birds: the 
dove to represent the Holy Spirit; the raven, a symbol for St. 
Benedict; and the eagle for St. John the Evangelist. A red 
band at the base of the quarter contains a bread basket and 
rolls to signify Catholic Social Services. 

The lower right quarter shows a tower with a parapet, a 
symbol found in the Begley family's coat of arms and also 
found on the old orphanage building of Nazareth, where the 
bishop once served as director. The tower also represents 
the Virgin Mary's titles "Tower of David" and "Tower of 

The fourth quarter on the lower left holds a crown that 
signifies the Queen City of Charlotte, the See city of the 
diocese. A band of silver below the crown shows eight 
ermine marks which, according to theManual of Heraldry, 
signifies dignity. For Bishop Begley those marks also signify 
his eight years of involvement in the Cursillo movement. 

Across the bottom of the coat of arms is a scroll upon which 
his motto appears. Bishop Begley will retain his seal. The 
new ordinary will designate his own seal at the time of his 

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role in life was chosen wisely 

By Mary Coyne Wessling 

Michael Joseph Begley was born March 12, 1909, 
into a close-knit family in Mattineague, Mass. His 
mother, Anna Moynahan Begley, was born in a town 
25 miles from where she raised her own family. She 
was a full time homemaker. His father, Dennis 
Begley, an immigrant from Dingle, County Kerry, 
Ireland, worked as a stationery engineer in a paper 
mill. His only sibling, Helen, was three years 
younger than her brother. 

"We were a very close, contented family," said his 
sister, now Mrs. Helen Crowley of West Springfield, 
Mass. Whether it was a picnic in nearby Palmer, a 
Sunday visit to his grandmother's farm, or a long ride 
on the trolley cars, the Begley family did it together. 

The closeness of his family made those years fond 
ones for the bishop. 

"He was always a happy person," said his sister. 
The warmness Bishop Begley shows to others was 
evident even in his childhood. "He'd go out of his 
way to speak to people," Mrs. Crowley said. 

Like most of the boys in his era, Michael enjoyed 
sports like baseball, tennis, skiing, and ice skating 
However, when he reached high school he turned 
his interest to studying and working after school as a 
stock boy in a local department store. 

"It would be late when he got home," said his 
sister. "Then he would do his studying; he even 
maintained honors." 

It was also in high school that Michael Begley first 

contemplated becoming a priest. "Preparing for my 
confirmation had something to do with it," he said. 
"The parish priest asked me during practice to step 
inside the altar sanctuary. I had a strong feeling 
being inside there. That's when I began to think 
about the priesthood." 

His mother and father also influenced his decision. 
"My parents were religious people. They went to 
Mass faithfully and said the rosary with us at home. 
One thing that made an impression on me was my 
father always saying night prayers." 

When he announced to his family that he would be 
a priest, they were delighted, said his sister. The 
entire parish prayed regularly for their seminarian 
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Michael Begley with his mother and aunt on his aunt's farm 
in Massachusetts. 

Young Father Begley fishes off a pier at Wrightsville Beach 
in 1938. 

Father Begley with his parents in 1934. 

A Tribute to Bishop Michael ] 

Father Begley with his friend, Salvatore Festa. 

Father Begley gives a helping hand to 13-month-old Carolyn 

(Continued from page 3) . 

studying at Mount St. Mary in Emmitsburg, Md Card 
parties and clam bakes were held to help pay his 

In 1927, young Begley, who had been accepted to 
Holy Cross University, talked with a parish priest 
about the kind of priest he'd like to be. Michael 
decided that home missionary ministry seemed right 
for him. A few weeks later, he met Bishop William 
Hafey of the Diocese of Raleigh, while the bishop 
was vacationing in Rhode Island. Michael was im- 
pressed with the bishop and the missionary territory 
that he described. Bishop Hafey decided that 
Michael would attend Mount St. Mary in Em- 
mitsburg, Md. 

During his sophomore year at Mount St Mary, the 

seminarian had his first opportunity to serve Mass. 
"That brought the idea of being a priest into 
realization," he said. 

Only once during his seminary years did the young 
Begley travel to North Carolina. "It was love at first 
sight," his sister said. 

He did not return until his ordination in 1934. His 
other summers were spent back home working for 
the railroad. 

On May 26, 1934, he was ordained by Bishop 
Thomas M. O'Leary of the Diocese of Springfield, 
Mass. His sister described that day as a proud 
moment for the entire family, but, especially, for his 

"He was the apple of her eye," said Mrs. Crowley. 

"She would have loved to have seen him ordained as 
bishop. I thought (at the time of his episcopal or- 
dination), 'If only Mom could be here.' But maybe 
she knew long before us. " 

Father Michael came to stay in North Carolina on 
June 20, 1934. He served only three months as an 
assistant at St. Mary's in Wilmington before being 
assigned as pastor of St. Therese parish in Wilson 
with a mission m Farmville. 

He remembers those early years as happy and 
fulfilling. Whatever assignment he was given, he did 
it with commitment to the people and his church. 

His family and closest friends said that Michael 
Begley chose his career wisely, for what better role 
in life could he play but that of being in service to 

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The new bishop is surrounded by well-wishers following his installation. 

Bishop Begley with his niece, Judeth Crowley and sister, 
Helen Begley Crowley. 

) Bishop Michael J. Begley 

The bishop is a 'hard act to follow' 

By Peg McGinty 

"We have loved the brethren." This motto was 
chosen by Michael J. Begley at the time of his con- 
secration as the first bishop of Charlotte. The motto is 
appropriate to the man according to the broad 
spectrum of his friends. 

Love requires effort, and friendship is sustained 
only by personal input. Interviews with a cross- 
section of Bishop Begley's friends from childhood to 
the present substantiate the fact that he is one of 
those rare people who, in spite of the distractions 
and pressures of responsibilities, keeps in touch to 
share triumphs and tragedy. 

John Conners facetiously dates his friendship from 
the day he was born in the house his family shared 
with the Begleys in West Springfield, Mass. "Father 
Mike" as he calls the bishop, was about 1 1 years old. 
"As I recall, he must have had an aversion to 
chickens because his Dad had a terrible time getting 
him to feed the chickens and clean the coops. He 
also gave his sister a tough time, throwing his dirty 
socks to end an argument." 

Mr. Conners recalls that his friend owned a black 
cat with a penchant for jumping. One time the cat 
landed on a cheesecloth-covered crock of elder- 
berry wine. The cat's plaintiff cries brought help, 
and a very wet cat was rescued. "We were too 
young to know if the cat added any flavor to the wine 
but, needless to say, no one told Mr. Begley until 
years later. 

"No Fourth of July ever passed without Father 
Mike celebrating with a bang. He would add car- 
bide to the water in a five gallon milk can, and we 
would run like the devil waiting for the top to fly off 
with a loud bang. In the winter Father Mike piloted a 
ripper— two sleds front and back with a long plank 
between— as we slid down Ashley Street Hill. ' ' 

Mrs. Conners has enjoyed the friendship too. An 
unexpected bonus to the Conners' retirement home 
in West Palm Beach, Fla., compared to West 
Springfield, is a yearly visit from Bishop Begley 
during his annual retreat. 

Charles Goodreau of West Springfield, Mass., 
recalls how as students, the bishop, Paul Rougier, 
and himself walked or took the trolley to Cathedral 
High School. "We really never considered that he 
might become a priest, let alone bishop. We've kept 
in touch through the years. ' ' 

Paul Lieb, now of Waynesville, N.C., and a class- 

Bishop Begley celebrates his 75th birthday with first 
graders at St. Ann's School in Charlotte. 

mate at Mt. Saint Mary's, Emmitsburg, Md., had a 
younger brother, Aloysius William, a retired Sun- 
bury, Pa., business executive, in the bishop's class. 
In those days the school was smaller, approximately 
600 students including the college and seminary. 
Like many of his contemporaries, Bishop Begley did 
his university work and took his seminary training 
there, a total of eight years, so the opportunity for 
broad interest friendships existed. 

Mr. Lieb proudly labels the bishop a true Moun- 
taineer bishop, referring to the school nickname of 
the institution, frequently referred to as the "cradle 
of bishops." Currently, Mr. Lieb is working with 
Bishop Begley to establish an alumni group for the 
approximate 100 Mountaineer graduates in the area. 

Not all memories come from school friends. Leon 
Barrere, former Grand Knight of the K. of C. and a 
parishioner of St. Leo in Winston-Salem, shares many 
memories as well as a birthday, March 12, with 
Bishop Begley. With the late Father Joseph Tobm, the 
Benedictine monk who served as Bishop Begley's 
resident assistant by special permission from 
Belmont Abbey, which he eventually headed, the 
three men traveled the area buying equipment for 
77ie North Carolina Catholic in Mr. Barrere's new 
Cadillac. Bishop Begley used to kid the chancellor 
that if he moved among the people he would have a 
Cadillac at his disposal too. 

Amiability is the essence of his nature 

By Dale Francis 

I had been a Catholic not even a year when at the 
beginning of Lent in 1946, I went to North Carolina 
because Bishop Vincent Waters asked me to start his 
Catholic newspaper. 

Not only was I a new Catholic, but also I had talked 
with about a dozen priests in my life. At Bishop 
Waters' request I spent my first weeks in North 
Carolina calling on all the priests in his diocese- 
meeting some remarkable men. 

One I remembered especially in the blur of those 
meetings was Father Michael Begley, pastor of St. 
Leo parish in Winston-Salem. He was such an 
amiable, obviously intelligent and spiritual man that I 
probably would have remembered him particularly 
anyhow. I remember him especially, however, 
because he was the only man I ever met who had a 
singing dog. 

I don't remember his dog's name— I'm sure Bishop 
Begley still does— but I remember well that when 
music was played that dog responded with a com- 
bination of whine and howl that sounded very much 
like singing. 

A man who thought of himself as an expert on dogs 
told me, when I mentioned Father Begley's won- 
derful singing dog, that dogs don't sing. He ex- 
plained that music hurt the eardrums of the dog, and 
the sound the dog made was a cry of pain. 

Nonsense! Father Begley's singing dog enjoyed 
performing, loved the opportunity, and was eager to 
do an encore. 

If it was the dog that first caught my attention, it was 
the man who has made the impression. When I first 
met Father Michael Begley, he had just celebrated 

his 37th birthday. That was 38 years ago. I've known 
him through more than half his life and half of my 
own, and the longer I've known him, the more I've 
appreciated him. 

Amiability— the very first thing I noticed about 
him— is the essence of his nature. However, there 
has always been so much more than amiability about 
him. He is intelligent, he is a devout man, but, above 
all, he has always cared about people. 

Even this has to be defined and refined. He cares 
about people in the aggregate, is dedicated to social 
justice, and has always spoken out wherever he has 
perceived injustice. However, that doesn't say it all. 
I've known people committed to social justice, who 
have battled against systems that create injustice, 
but never see the people. Father Michael Begley has 
always cared most of all about individuals. Any one 
in need, spiritual or material, could go to him and he 
would care— he also reached out to them when the 
need arose. 

I know I'm not saying anything that those who have 
known him do not know well. This relaxed, pleasant 
man has taught compassion by the witness of his life. 

Even though I always thought he would be a 
wonderful bishop if given the opportunity, I believed 
it wouldn't happen after he entered his sixties. 
Therefore, it was a happy surprise that when he was 
62, neanng his 63rd birthday, he was named a 
bishop. I can't remember any bishop in the last 
quarter century, although there may be one, who 
came to the hierarchy so late in life. 

When I learned of his appointment, I was filled with 
joy, and I thought: That's the way to go, Holy Spirit! 

Still another facet about the bishop was revealed 
by former parishioners and good friends. "He has a 
beautiful knack of making people feel important," 
explained Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Kearney, founding 
members of St. Ann parish in Charlotte and residents 
of Huntington Beach, Calif., for the past 19 years 
They remember how he would walk his pug dog 
through the neighborhood. 

"He put on no airs," said Mr. Kearney as he 
recalled meeting the then-monsignor in his shirt 
sleeves, painting St. Ann church. "We have seen him 
several times over the years and keep in touch by 
phone and letters with both good and bad news. ' ' 

A first cousin and close friend of the bishop's sister, 
Mrs. Anne Moriarity of West Springfield, Mass., 
looks forward to visits when "this approachable" 
man gathers with old friends for stimulating con- 
versation. "He always has time to listen, although you 
may not get the answer you want, ' ' she explains. 

Mary Mulcahy of Raleigh first met the bishop when 
she worked for the IRS in Greensboro. However, her 
friendship and admiration for this "kind and 
thoughtful" man developed when she moved to 
Raleigh to set up a Catholic Chanties office, where 
she worked under then-Monsignor Begley of the 
Raleigh Catholic Orphanage. 

During the period he was at the orphanage, he 
enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill and met Dr. Arthur 
Fink, a professor of social work from 1945 to 1973. A 
mature student, the bishop earned his master's 
degree in this field after two years, which included 
university supervision of his work at the Raleigh 
orphanage. Dr. Fink, who has retired with his wife to 
Little Switzerland, N.C., explains that in his many 
years of teaching he has developed a friendship with 
perhaps only a half-dozen students. He enjoys an 
occasional personal visit with the bishop but carries 
on a regular correspondence, frequently about 
changes in the Church, even though Dr. Fink is not a 

Evelyn M. Fragge of Asheville, who has worked 
closely with the bishop as a member of the pastoral 
council for 15 years as well as serving in other 
executive capacities with diocesan organizations, 
attempted to explain the longevity of Bishop Begley's 
friendships. "He cares. In addition, he is a great 
program developer, who takes a sober approach 
during planning but demonstrates great personal 
warmth later. His many programs, like the Charlotte 
Catholic Center, indicate his awareness of others' 

Ms. Fragge noted that his friendship has been 
important both to her and to her sister, Mrs. Vera 
Fragge Brown, secretary at St. Lawrence, Asheville. 

Richard Kane, who first met Bishop Begley during 
the latter's second term at St. Leo, is now a member 
of the diocesan financial committee. He describes 
his long-time friend as an incredible human being 
who combines intelligence with a high degree of 
compassion— "a hard act to follow." 

Echoing the sentiments of the bishop's many 
friends is Joe Wallace of St. Gabriel parish in 
Charlotte. "We first met when I was 14 and he, then a 
young priest, visited my step-mother's home. A few 
years ago, I recognized him in the Philadelphia air- 
port, and during our chat, I discovered he was on his 
way to Charlotte while I was going to Raleigh with 

Now, the bishop and Mr. Wallace get together 
several times a month for dinner, "nothing fancy but 
the diet-conscious bishop has a weakness for 

The bishop enjoys sports, and they have attended 
several Charlotte Oriole baseball games. Although 
there is a marked age difference, Mr. Wallace 
pointed out that the bishop has the energy of a 25- 
year-old, citing a recent day spent driving to and 
from Asheville where he had a full schedule The 
day ended with a leisurely 7:30 p.m. dinner-meeting 
in Charlotte. 

"He's too young to retire, too ac;r 
Wallace, which sums up the senti; 
bishop's friends. 

A Tribute to Bishop Michael J. Beg;e 

different hat for each occasion 

By Pam Smith 

NAZARETH, N.C. -Little did Father Michael 
Begley know just how many hats went along with the 
title Superintendent of the Catholic Orphanage of 
North Carolina. He got to wear all of them from 1947- 

His primary responsibility was to provide for the 
300 boys and girls who knew the orphanage as 
"home " Certainly, the masters degree in social 
work that he earned at the University of North 
Carolina at Chapel Hill was invaluable in carrying 
out those duties. His thesis traced the history of the 
Church's involvement in child care from the time 
Jesus said, "Suffer the little children. . ." Certainly, 
the mortarboard would be useful. 

Ah, those other hats— that great rack of varied hats! 
They would get him through the assorted adventures 
that went along with overseeing the children, staff, 
buildings, and 160 acres that were part of the 
complex founded in 1899. The hats matched 
situations, and combinations of situations, that would 

There was an obvious need to don the cleric's hat 
to counsel, guide, and minister to the sacramental 
needs of his charges. His reflections on those duties 
are found in an early edition of Apostolate and Or- 
phanage, a quarterly magazine edited by the or- 
phanage superintendent. The small journal was 
distributed in dioceses throughout the country to stir 
up interest and support for this important aspect of 
work in the mission diocese of Raleigh. 

He wrote: 77ie work at University has been in the 
interest of the children who live at Nazareth. Their 
needs go beyond the basic wants of food, clothing, 
and shelter. Spiritual and educational training are 
musts, adjustments to life's difficulties and the 
successful solving of personal problems all come 
within the responsiblity of the staff at Nazareth. 

Along with Superintendent Begley, the home was 
staffed by an assistant superintendent, the late 
Father John Regan, the Mercy Sisters of Belmont, 
and a handful of dedicated lay people, including 
Floyd and Jessie Pope and the late Homer Anderson. 

They did their best to make the new superinten- 
dent's arrival memorable, but Mother Nature 
decided to be chairperson of the welcoming com- 
mittee The new superintendent remembered it this 

Receptions are usually m order for new arrivals 
when they assume the responsibilities of office. . . . I 
had been here but a few days when a mighty wind- 
storm ripped holes in the roof and rain saturated the 
second and first floor ceilings. Waste baskets were 

hurriedly gathered to catch the water. Plaster fell and 
dust collected—such was my reception. 

The situation called for a carpenter's hat, which 
was to remain handy during most of his years at the 
orphanage. Maintaining the aging facility was nearly 
a full time task. 

The constant repairs put an added strain on the 
budget. To stretch the dollars, the superintendent 
asked orphanage supporters to collect and send 
coupons from various food and soap products. The 
children rebundled the coupons to be redeemd for 
cash. A typical letter from a soap company thanked 
Father Begley for the 96,300 coupons! In exchange, 
there was a check for $366 enclosed. 

Orphanage supporters were also asked to send in 
used greeting cards to be used for inexpensive, 
creative activities. One January, 30,000 used holiday 
cards were sent to the Nazareth address. 

For such special deliveries, Father Begley donned 
the cap of Postmaster, Nazareth, North Carolina. 
Father Regan was his assistant. The Nazareth post 
office operated on the orphanage grounds until the 
city of Raleigh annexed the area in the late 1950s. 

Father Begley also kept a farmer's hat handy. He 

The administration building . . . is surrounded by 
farm land. The animals help with the tilling of the soil. 
One mule remains for the work that can 1 be done by 
the tractor. The farm furnishes us with some of the 
vegetables used for our table. From it also comes a 
portion of the grain needed for feed. 

Constantly looking for ways to make the or- 
phanage self-sustaining, Father Begley increased 
the grazing capacity of the acreage, and later 
brought in the first Hereford cattle. A cowboy hat 
was required at calving time. 

His duties also called for an adventure hat to be 
worn on an occasion such as this: 

Recently one of the older boys came running into 
the office, excited and out of breath to tell me that we 
had a runaway. 

Heft the office to find and return the wanderer. The 
search extended a half-mile; a mile, footprints were 
followed carefully. 1 finally spied our runaway. 

. . . I begged her to return. My pleadings were not 
in vain and we began the long trek home. After a 
while she stopped and, m sheer exhaustion, laid 
down on the roadside. A passing motorist slowed 
down, smiled, and went along. I wondered why. 
Then I understood. 1 was dressed in clerical attire 
when I left the office to bring the runaway pig back 

Bishop Begley tells a young resident of Nazareth House 
about his days as director of Nazareth Orphanage. 

Cowboy priest. . 

Frank Prevo's family is slightly larger than normal. 
He grew up at the Catholic Orphanage of North 
Carolina with nearly 300 sisters and brothers. 
(Frances and Judy were his blood sisters.) 

What can I tell you? It was home to us. It's all we 
ever knew, and it was beautiful," said Prevo, now a 
successful Raleigh businessman. "Most of the kids 
were not really orphans Many came from broken 
homes " 

He recalled the pastoral setting of the place they 
called home, with its rolling pastures, productive 
apple and pecan orchards, and fields of vegetables. 

"And the cattle," he added. "Father Begley 
brought in the cattle, and I can tell you that was an 
experience " 

Prevo said preparation for the arrival of the cattle 
meant building fences and planting fields of hay. 

"I guess what I remember most was that Father 
Begley never asked us to do what he wasn't willing to 
do. He was out there beside us m the fields when the 
time came to pitch hay . " 

That was typical, he said. "He was always there. 
He was one of us." 

Prevo got to spend a lot of time with Father Begley. 
Their dates at the orphanage almost coincide: Prevo, 
from 1945 until 1957; Superintendent Begley, from 
1 947 until 19S5. 

"One of his jobs as superintendent was to edit a 

quarterly magazine about the orphanage. It was sent 

to thousands of benefactors in other parts of the 

counit v there were thousands. I got to help 

3 of envelopes," he said. 

had other more typical household 

-jot up for 6 a.m. Mass every 

that it was breakfast and chores 

before school," Prevo said. Chores included helping 
with laundry, cleaning, dishes, and yard work—in 
this case the yard was 1 60 acres. 

The Sisters of Mercy from Belmont saw to the 
needs of the children— as well as their education. 
Elementary school was on the grounds. By the time 
Prevo came along, the orphanage students were 
bused to Cathedral Latin for high school. This was 
considered progressive and was initiated to broaden 
the experience of the orphanage youngsters and to 
place them on a more competitive basis 

Prevo said that life at the orphanage was not all 
hard work and drudgery. There were parties, 
picnics, swimming, camping, scouting, field trips, 
symphony concerts, state fair, circus performances, 
concerts, ballets, soap box derby— and football. 

For the pages of the December 1947 quarterly 
magazine an eighth grader wrote: "Playing football 
means a great deal to us older boys at Nazareth. . . . 
Father Begley gave the large boys permission to 
play on Cathedral High School Team. We have 

played a number of games, and although we have 
not won any, we have not lost hope. Maybe if you say 
a prayer for us some of the socres will be in our 

By December 1948, prayers were answered. The 
scores reported were 30-6, 45-6, and 38-0 in favor of 
the orphanage. 

A year later, Prevo, then a fifth grader, wrote in the 
magazine of a tense 12-12 competition: "Bright and 
early one Saturday morning big preparations were 
being made on our athletic field. Father Begley and 
some of the big boys were making ready the field 
with bucket, brush, and lime. No greater preparation 
could have been made for the Notre Dame-Carolina 
game. . . . The time came at last. The Nazareth 
Midgetts were to play the Cathedral Midgetts. ' ' 

According to Prevo, the orphanage residents 
received much more than shelter there "Most of us 
keep in touch with each other and come to all the 
reunions. Bishop Begley must feel the same way. He 
never misses a reunion. ' ' 

ibute to Bishop Michael J. Begley 

He was one of us. . . 

"Bishop Begley? He was with the people," Floyd 
Pope said. 

"I knew him first as a seminarian who visited the 
orphanage from time to time. In those days the 
seminarians lived there when they came into the 
diocese to do the census. He came back in the '40s to 
be superintendent," he explained. "About 300 boys 
and girls lived there then. It was a big job." 

The diocese was large in land but sparse in 
people, Pope said. That put a financial burden on the 
succession of superintendents at the orphanage. 

Pope represents a third generation of family 
members who dedicated their lives to the welfare of 
the youngsters who called Nazareth home. He was 
just 17 years old when Mercy Sister Mary Pius asked 
him if he could help out at the orphanage. "I had 
never cooked for more than five people at one time," 
Pope said. "I had no idea how to go about cooking 
for 300— and we didn't know what sliced bread was 
in those days." 

After 52 years, Pope remains at Nazareth House, a 
modern, mini-version of its historical past. The old 
dormitories, school, and chapel have disappeared 
from the landscape. 

"The money was tight then. It took a long time to 

get over the Depression. The big thing Father Begley 
wanted to accomplish was to make the orphanage 
self-supporting," Pope recalled. "He got with some 
of the professors at State College and talked about 
how the land could be more productive. That's when 
they decided to raise cattle. He knew it would be 
hard work, but the thinking was that the cattle could 
be food for the table and money in the bank . ' ' 

He repeated, "It was hard work. Only one farmer 
worked the land here. So Bishop Begley would get 
out there and pitch hay himself, along with the older 
boys from the orphanage. Many nights he would go 
out to the pasture to help birth the calves. I know 
that's so, because I was out there with him." 

The young priest made steady progress toward the 
realization of financial stability for the orphanage, 
Pope said. 

"Oh, but he was more than just book work and 
figures. He was a great man. The young people 
loved him because he was understanding. That is not 
to say that he was not firm. He was firm, but never 
angry. Usually, he would calmly listen to the boy or 
girl, and then suggest a way to 'work it off.' The old 
buildings always sparkled," Pope said. 

His understanding nature and kind heart was not 

confined to orphanage residents and staff. 

"People in the neighborhood would go to him if 
they had a problem. He would always have time to 
listen and counsel them. He went out of his way to 
help. You know, this is a Black neighborhood. The 
school couldn't be integrated, because of the way 
the laws were back then, but the church was always 
integrated. It was always a place where Blacks and 
whites prayed together," he said. 

' 'Here's another thing not many people know about 
Bishop Begley. After World War II, there were many 
Displaced Persons in Europe who wanted to come to 
America," Pope said. 

Bishop Begley sponsored many of those displaced 
persons, he said. Families or individuals coming 
from Europe could stay at the orphanage until 
permanant positions could be found. Often Bishop 
Begley, his secretary, and the Mercy sisters would 
help with English lessons. If there were children, 
they would be invited to attend school along with the 
orphanage residents. 

"He always found a way to help people in need. 
See what I mean. He did much more than the job 
called for," Pope concluded. 

He saved my life. . ._ 

Gladys Gawroska is always willing to talk about 
her favorite person, Bishop Michael Begley. 

"He was all the time helping, helping people. He 
helped me. He saved my life," Miss Gawroska said. 

She is one of many Europeans displaced when 
World War II ravaged their homelands. She is also 
one of many who came to America under the 
sponsorship of then-Msgr. Michael Begley, superin- 
tendent of the Catholic Orphanage of North Carolina. 

"The orphanage was home for me. I had 
everything I needed and a big family too," she 
recalled. "I was very happy." 

Initially she worked as a housekeeper at the or- 
phanage and then for the superintendent. After 
Msgr. Begley was transferred to establish St. Ann in 
Charlotte, Miss Gawroska stayed on to become 
seamstress at the orphanage. Retired now, she lives 
in Raleigh. 

"I remember very clearly when the Nazi soldiers 
took my city (Cracow, Poland). I was a housekeeper. 

They took many of us away in a truck. They put me to 
work on a farm in Germany. There I worked like one 
of the farm animals," she said. "After the war people 
were trying to get out of Germany. I knew it was not 
good to go back to Poland, and I wanted for a long 
time to go to America . " 

The official paperwork finally matched Miss 
Gawroska with her sponsor, Msgr. Begley. 

Her arrival in America had a slight hitch. The 
welcoming committee, Msgr. Begley included, was 
instructed to meet her ship in New York City. 

Unfortunately, her ship docked in New Orleans. 

"There I was. I knew nothing in English. I didn't 
know how to get to the next place. I stayed in the 
station all one day and night," she recalled. "People 
were wonderful, but we couldn't understand each 
other. I had nothing and didn't know how to ask for 
my suitcases." 

Finally, there was a young soldier in the station 

who understood Polish. To this day, she isn't certain 
what her fate might have been had he not come 

"He put me on the right train to Raleigh and 
phoned ahead to let them know. When I arrived, 
there was Msgr. Begley— and my suitcases— waiting 
for me at the station," she said. 

Msgr. Begley's secretary, the late Mary Evans, 
taught Miss Gawroska English. Five years later, she 
applied for citizenship. 

"Oh, yes, I am an American citizen," she says with 
obvious pride. 

"Many families came because of Msgr. Begley," 
she said. He helped with a place to live and jobs. 
"Some of the people were sick when they arrived. 
He helped them get medical care too . " 

He created an atmosphere at the orphanage 
where all were welcome, she said. "We were 

Installation was a day of honor for new diocese 

While Bishop Michael J. Begley pondered his new 
role as leader of the Diocese of Charlotte, the 
parishes busily prepared for the installation 
ceremony. Father Fred Koch, editor of The North 
Carolina Catholic at the time, described in his 
weekly column "Ad Libbmg" the events of Tuesday, 
Jan. 12, 1972. 

"It was raining and deliveries were being made in 
large crates to the front and back doors (of St. Patrick 
rectory). Committees on the welcoming and housing 
of guests were busy (Volunteers) were to make the 
civic leaders feel welcome . . . (others were) to 
direct the vast TV operational installation, which 
featured 10 closed TV circuits. We cannot imagine 
how it was arranged that 300 people, the capacity of 
the cathedral, could accommodate all who even 
qualified in a special manner to attend the historic 

Accommodate they did, however, with pomp and 
ceremony. Dignitaries, relatives, friends, and the 
curious began arriving at the newly designated 
cathedral for the 11 a.m. start of a two-hour 
ceremony. A broadcast of the event was relayed by 
closed-circuit television to an invited congregation 
seated in St. Patrick school gym. Television stations 
in Charlotte, Asheville, Raleigh, and Winston-Salem 
also broadcast a one-hour tape of the ceremony on 
the following Sunday, Jan. 16. 

The officiating prelate was Archbishop Luigi 
Raimondi, Pope Paul VI's apostolic delegate to the 
United States, who installed Bishop Begley and 
designated Charlotte as the new diocese. Assisting 
as co-ordainers were Bishop Vincent S. Waters and 
Auxiliary Bishop George E. Lynch of the Diocese of 

Archbishop Raimondi began the ceremony by 
reading a letter from Pope Paul VI announcing the 
establishment of the new diocese. Then the Mass of 
Ordination for Bishop Begley began. 

One reporter wrote: "Bishop Begley sat quietly 

&\ ft 

Archbishop Raimondi blesses the new bishop 

and erectly near the front of the altar, wearing a 
purple skull cap and long, white chasuble. Oc- 
casionally he dropped his head as if in meditation 

"In the key moment of the service, the new bishop 
knelt before the apostolic delegate who laid his 
hands on Bishop Begley's head without words. ..." 

An investiture ceremony followed in which Bishop 
Begley received the symbols of his new office: a ring 
as the seal of faith; a miter, signifying his authority in 
the diocese; and a crozier, signifying his leadership. 

Archbishop Raimondi then guided the new bishop 
to his official chair where they and the other bishops 

Archbishop Luigi Raimondi, Bishop Michael Begley and 
Bishop George Lynch. 

exchanged greetings of peace. A concelebration of 
Mass concluded the rite. 

"It is with a sense of deep humility that I accept the 
responsibility invested in me here in what is now St. 
Patrick Cathedral in the Diocese of Charlotte," the 
new bishop told the congregation that day. 

He expressed his gratitude to the pope, the arch- 
bishop, Bishop Waters and then to "1 
sisters of the diocese." 

"As the people of God we shall 
together that his will be done, ' ' he said 

"God bless you— pray for me as I pra , 

A Tribute to Bishop Michael J. Begle 


(from bottom left) Msgr. Begley greets his guests at the 
Charlotte airport. Archbishop Thomas Donnellan of Atlanta 
and Bishop Vincent S. Waters of Raleigh. Celebrating the 
installation Mass. The new bishop is led to his official chair. 

Dfligimas FRatRes 

O priest of God 

entrusted with the care of souls 

we pray 



deep withm your heart 

you'll know Christ's truth and love 

to teach 

to us 

who look to you. 

Keep close to Him and 

share Him. 

Show us 

His faith, His peace, 

humility and joy, 

His living Soul, 


because you love Him so 
because you love us so 



O priest of God 


our gifts of love 

to you 

to Him. 

Mrs. Dorothy King of Monroe wrote this 
poem on the occasion of Bishop Begley 's 
installation. It first appeared m the Jan. IS, 
1972, edition of The North Carolina Catholic, 
which reported the event. 

The new bishop is honored at a banquet following his 
installation Mass. 

Bishop began diocese from 'the ground up' 

By Audrey C. Lodato 

One of Bishop Begley's greatest contributions to 
the vitality of the Diocese of Charlotte has been his 
openness in allowing the Diocese to grow in many 
different directions. The bishop recognizes that 
there are a variety of ways to serve the Lord within 
the general guidelines of the Church. 

That openness, believes diocesan Chancellor 
Father Joseph Kerin, involves more than just 
flexibility. "The bishop has gone out of his way to 
encourage people to work in the service of the 
Church, mankind, and their own sanctification," said 
Father Kerin, even when various groups are in 
competiton and disagreement with one another 

According to Father Kerin, the diocese has func- 
tioned quite smoothly under the leadership of its first 
bishop. The bishop is responsible for activities in all 
the parishes of the diocese. Day-to-day operations 
are handled by the chancery. These include 
financial, legal, purchasing, and administrative 

y has the happy ability to allow 

jobs," commented the chancellor, 

--, of what is happening in every 


Father Kerm, who has been chancellor since 1979, 
described Bishop Begley as easy to work with. "He 
is very loyal to the Church and very concerned 
about the diocese. He's not afraid to say no, even if it 
means sacrificing his popularity." 

Achievements in several broad areas have been 
made by the "diocese and its bishop in the past 13 
years. The actual organization of the diocese out of 
the state's western 46 counties was a feat in itself, 
Father Kerm remarked. Beginning a diocese is quite 
different from stepping into an already operating 
organization. Various offices and agencies had to be 
created, and decisions had to be made as to the 
bishop's role in their operations. 

Father Kerin cited the active participation of the 
laity as another major area of achievement. Bishop 
Begley mandated the establishment of parish 
councils to work with pastors in each parish. In 
addition, vicanate representatives make up a 
diocesan pastoral council, which meets four times a 
year and makes recommendations to the bishop. 
Many diocesan agencies came about through this 
active lay involvement. 

Progress in ecumenical relations is yet another 
noteworthy achievement. The bishop has initiated 
cooperative activities with other denominations in 
the western part of the state. One example is a 
cooperative poverty project in the Appalachian 

Bishop Begley has taken a great interest in 
vocations to the priesthood. He has attended all 
meetings of the Committee on Priestly Formation, has 
stayed in close contact with the diocesan director of 
vocations, Father John McSweeney, and has been 
personally involved with the seminarians of the 
diocese. On a national level, the bishop collaborated 
in writing guidelines for seminary training. 

He has been supportive of the Cursillo and 
charismatic movements in the diocese. 

He was the motivator behind the pastoral on the 
needs of the mountain people, "This Land Is Home," 
written by the bishops of the Appalachian region. 

"Bishop Begley is very much a 'people person,' " 
said Father McSweeney. Indeed, his impact on the 
people of the Diocese of Charlotte will continue long 
past his final act as bishop. 

Page E te to Bishop Michael J . Begley 

He doesn't get in the way of the Spirit 

By Nancy West 

As I walked into Bishop Michael Begley's office for 
the interview, he stood to greet me— his familiar 
height, deep voice, and warm eyes welcoming me. 

We met to talk about what the renewal movements 
in the Church— principally Cursillo, Charismatic 
Renewal, and Marriage Encounter— have meant in 
the 12-year life of the Diocese of Charlotte under his 

"You can see the spiritual life of the Church 
growing, beginning to emanate, a feeling we are that 
Church," he reflected with the enthusiasm of one 
personally involved. 

Bishop Begley pointed out that the Second Vatican 
Council called mainly for pastoral renewal— for 
change on all levels, beginning with the hierarchy. 
The traditional rigid pyramid with the laity at the 
base was replaced by the concept of the Church as 
the People of God. 

"Bringing myself closer to the Lord and then trying 
to share that with others sums up my involvement 
with these movements," he said. 


In 1964, before the council ended, Bishop Vincent 
S. Waters of the Diocese of Raleigh introduced 
Cursillo, a movement of Spanish origin he had 
discovered at the council. He asked then-Msgr. 
Begley to go to Baltimore to make the weekend 
program. The monsignor took five men from St. Ann 
parish in Charlotte with him to brave the unknown. 

Later, Msgr. Begley became director of the 
Women's Cursillo of the Raleigh diocese. (He stills 
finds the expression "we girls" useful.) 

When he became bishop of the new Charlotte 
diocese, Bishop Begley made it clear he intended to 
promote fully the movement that had provided a 
core of experienced leaders for the new diocese. 

According to Art Schramn of Winston-Salem, 
current lay director, about 1300 candidates have 
completed the weekends since 1972. Cursillo 
leaders stress that the significance of Cursillo is life 
after the weekend. The bonding of support groups to 
bring about changes in environments for Christ is the 
vision of Cursillo. 

The bishop sees in Cursillo the growth that hap- 
pens when spiritual life is verbalized and shared. 
What has happened in the diocese under his en- 
couragement is "what Vatican II was talking about: 
coming together in prayer, willingness to sacrifice, 
bringing in the negligent, the common effort in 
prayer to help those in need . ' ' 

Looking toward the future, Bishop Begley sees a 
spin-off movement, "Arise," as an aid to the diocese. 
Arise is a weekend program geared toward the non- 
Catholic spouses of Catholics. He is pleased that a 
group of Charlotte cursillistas will be members of an 
Arise team in St. Petersburg this spring, with plans to 
initiate the program in the diocese. 

Again, Bishop Begley has been there first. During 
an Arise experience he was impressed with how the 
program meets a great need for basic understanding 
of the Church. 

He described how some men arrived with a 
coolness, wouldn't look at him or sit near him. By the 
end of the weekend new insights brought 
togetherness. Several who have stayed in touch with 
him have become members of the Church, but the 
bishop is careful to say that he told one man who said 
he was a strong Lutheran to see what he could pick 
up at Arise to become an even better Lutheran. 
Charismatic movement 

Bishop Begley was also familiar with the 
charismatic movement before he was ordained 
bishop. Mary Beatty, present diocesan charismatic 
coordinator, told him about taking part in a new kind 
of prayer meeting in the kindergarten building at 
Assumption church. He went to see for himself and 
remained open to the possibility that the Spirit 
wanted to be at work in the Catholic Church in this 
freer, more spontaneous, and personal way. 

In June 1973 he drove a car full of Spirit-filled 
people to the national Charismatic Conference in 
Notre Dame, Ind. He recalls being greatly im- 
pressed upon arriving at the stadium about an hour- 
and-a-half before a scheduled Mass to find more 
than a hundred bishops and priests vested and 
praying— some silently, some vocally in groups. 

Since that time Bishop Begley has been a staunch 
advocate of the charismatic movement in the 
diocese. At the annual gathering at Sacred Heart 
College in Belmont, he always receives an en- 
thusiastic ovation. He expresses both regret and 

"You can see the spiritual life of the church growing. 'J 

understanding whenever mention is made that few 
diocesan priests are on the scene. 

"Most of their training is in formal prayer, and they 
haven't felt at ease with what happens at this open 
type of meeting," he said. 

He says some of the manifestations of the Spirit 
remain mysterious to him. He smilingly reveals that 
he has received the gift of tongues "on a kindergar- 
ten level." Yet he sees the charismatic movement as 
valuable in developing the emotional aspect of 
Christian life and in drawing all Christian groups 

The presence and the activities of the diocesan- 
wide network of charismatic prayer groups were a 
help to the bishop in his conversation with Pope John 
Paul II (June 1983). The Holy Father wanted to know 
how the Church of Charlotte relates to the other 
Christian churches— ecumenism has been a thriving 
part of the movement. 

Life-in-the-Spirit seminars have been given in 

"The open sharing of the sacred things of life, the 
feeling that someone cares about me combine to 
bring about a real spiritual awakening," Bishop 
Begley said. 

He mused that although the priest on a team 
carries a very heavy load, "we have had excellent 
priest support." 

Leadership in Marriage Encounter is called the 
ecclesial team, which presently consists of Father 
Conrad Kimbrough of Hendersonville, and Steve 
and Elayne Lambrechts of Lenoir. 

The movement came to North Carolina in 1971 with 
a New York couple, Berme and Elaine McHale. It 
remained a statewide endeavor until October 1977. 
About 6,000 couples have made the weekend, 40 
percent non-Catholic. Charlotte diocesan couples 
have been instrumental in starting the Jewish, 
Episcopalian, Lutheran, Presbyterian, and Baptist 
expressions of Marriage Encounter. 

Other encounter programs 

Engaged Encounter is coordinated by Steve and 
Marty Russo of Salisbury. The preparatory en- 
counters are presented by Fathers Frank O'Rourke, 
John McSweeney, and Ed Sheridan. 

The diocesan office of Youth Ministry, now 
directed by Father Dennis Kuhn, offers encounter- 
type experiences for young people in the Diocese of 
Charlotte. Mercy Sister Carolyn Coll, youth ministry 
trainer for the Office of Religious Education, says the 
bishop's support for total youth ministry or the 
holistic approach, underlies the growth spurt that has 
taken place within the ministry. 

Bishop Begley attended a recent youth spiritual 
renewal weekend. "After 12 years I finally made it to 
a Search weekend, and it was wonderful!" He was 
speaking of the February 1984 weekend Search for 
high school juniors and seniors held at St. Michael in 

"When I went in," he said, "3S youngsters were 

Bishop Begley with fellow cursillistas at a celebration in Charlotte. 

Protestant churches— as well as in any Catholic 
parish of the diocese that makes the request. 
Charismatic teachers and preachers of other 
churches have participated in Catholic meetings. In 
the city of Charlotte, the presence of charismatic 
Catholic women in the interdenominational group, 
Women Aglow, has been mutually healing. 

The bishop commends Father Ed Wahl of the 
Oratory in Rock Hill for his faithful leadership of the 
charismatics, both of Charlotte and of the upper 
South Carolina area. 

Marriage encounter 

Marriage Encounter did not escape personal in- 
vestigation by the bishop. He thought he was 
obligated to find out what the program offered and 
what was expected before committing the diocese. 

"Marriage Encounter offers an opportunity for 
people to reflect on how they might enhance their 
spiritual lives," he said, "in the opportunities that are 
faced from day to day. It provides the opportunity for 
us to see the place grace has in our lives, how it 
influences what we do, how to help the family in 
general. I found it to be extremely helpful. 

"I remember one couple on the first weekend 
saying, 'Where were we? This has been available to 
us and we weren't aware of it. ' 

"Encounter also brought out the possibility of 
clergy sharing with laity. Each begins to acquire a 
greater appreciation of the other's vocation and how 
the grace of God fulfills the demands made upon us 
in each state of life. 

listening to a big fellow— looked like pretty good 
football player material. He became so choked up 
with feeling, trying to express his relationship to the 
Lord, that he couldn't go on." 

Other special efforts to help the young get in touch 
with the Lord include Discover (7th and 8th grade 
levels), Challenge (9th and 10th), and Encounter with 
Christ for college students. The Christian Leadership 
Institute held annually at the camp in Hendersonville 
has also had the bishop's personal support and 

"When I accepted the call to become a bishop, 
Bishop Waters gave me two things to remember: the 
Holy Spirit runs the Church and don't get in his way," 
Bishop Begley recalled. He mused that maybe 
Bishop Waters had some idea that the new Charlotte 
bishop would be more at ease with the new 
movements than he. 

"To see willingness surface among people, to see 
the hunger for something spiritual, to see the sharing 
of spiritual needs and concerns is exciting. By 
common interest there's the effort to help someone 
arrive at a decision to bring the person closer to the 
Lord. It's a new togetherness, you might call it— the 
formation of the People of God right in front of us, " he 

The renewed Bishop Begley 
resignation already on its way to F 
and delighted by the life of the Spn 
sees in spiritual lives, which occurs 
tmual reaching out, is personified in him 

A Tribute to Bishop Michael J. Bee.. 

Appalachian ministries close to his heart 

By Kay Fowler Schweers 

Today, the hills of Appalachia shelter many 
concerned Catholics, both clergy and laity, who 
have dedicated their lives and talents to assisting 
their neighbor to reach new dignity, to control their 
own lives, destinies, and environment. Bishop 
Michael Begley was actively involved in providing a 
blueprint for that hope. 

Almost a decade has passed since Bishop Begley 
led 26 bishops, representing 13 states, in issuing a 
joint pastoral letter entitled "This Land Belongs to 
Me." The letter, formally titled "A Pastoral Letter on 
the Powerlessness in Appalachia by the Catholic 
Bishops of the Region," has attracted national at- 
tention for its forthright approach to the problems of 
the people of that economically depressed region. 

Written during his term as chairperson of the 
Commission on Religion in Appalachia (CORA), the 
letter called for "a comprehensive plan of action" to 
assist the people of the region in gaining control of 
their lives. The letter states that "if a new society is to 
be born, it will emerge from the grassroots." The 
thrust of the pastoral letter was to explore the many 
ways that those "grassroots" could be helped to 
grow and thrive. 

During his tenure as director of Catholic Social 
Services for the Raleigh Diocese, Bishop Begley had 
been actively involved in many projects in the 
mountain regions. After his ordination as bishop of 
the newly-formed Charlotte diocese, he was the 
spiritual director for many of those same projects. 

The bishop became chairperson for CORA m 1974, 
and one of his first tasks was to continue the work on 
the pastoral letter. The idea for the letter had 
become a reality at a CORA meeting in the spring of 
1973. Father Les Schmidt, a Glenmary priest active 
in several Appalachian ministries, had been 
selected as "facilitator" for the project. Schmidt 
described his job as "listening to the 

people . . . hearing what they need." More than 30 
sounding sessions were held throughout Appalachia, 
providing a forum for discussion for those needs and 
exploring various solutions. 

Bishop Begley was "surprised to get the job 
(completing the letter), but he took over the 
leadership and did it well," according to Schmidt. 
The bishop was open to the people and the church 
workers in the region, listening to their opinions and 
ideas. That openness was a source of strength to 
those compiling the material and writing the letter. 

The letter is written in a poetic style. It speaks in 
the language of the people: ". . if that dream dies, 
all our struggles die with it." That dream is self- 
determination and "the foundation principle of our 
common life, namely citizen involvement." 

Sister Amadeus O'Phelan, a CORA commissioner 
in 1975, recalled her work with Bishop Begley during 
the writing of the letter. Sister Amadeus had been in 
charge of Catholic Social Services in Raleigh when 
the bishop was director. "The pastoral letter was an 
appeal to people of all religions," she said. It was a 
"beautiful thing," revealing a "very definite move by 
many people" to reach out and help the less for- 

Through his support of the letter, Begley had 
demonstrated an "acute awareness of the needs of 
his people." His continued encouragement of Ap- 
palachian ministries demonstrates his committment 
to the pastoral directives of the letter, according to 
Sister Amadeus. 

On the fifth anniversary of the pastoral letter, the 
Catholic Committee of Appalachia (CCA) published 
Dream of a Mountain Struggle, which contains' a 
series of poems, essays, and articles by Catholic 
field workers in the Appalachian region. In a fore- 
word to the book, Bishop Begley wrote that "im- 
plementation of the (pastoral letter) suggestions are 
beginning to take place." He stated that several 

projects had been undertaken to fulfill the letter's 
prayer for involvement. The formation of social 
action groups, prayer groups, commissions for 
peace and justice, and other active organizations 
indicated a positive response. In some instances, he 
said, the letter had received a "gracious response" 
from management. Bishop Begley believed this to be 
a sign of progress. 

According to Father Schmidt, one of the most 
important results of the pastoral letter was a 
"validation of church field workers." The letter 
showed that their work with the people was good and 
necessary. The first step, Schmidt said, was listening 
to the people. The second step was responding to 
their needs. The third step ... "to act in solidarity, 
not on or for or at the people, but with them," is an 
ongoing process. 

Bishop Begley expressed a desire to be involved 
m that process after his retirement. CORA is a 
project close to his heart, and he hopes to "be able to 
pursue the pastoral plea" of the letter when he is free 
of administrative responsibilities. 

Twenty-six counties within the Diocese of Charlotte 
are considered part of Appalachia. The economic 
problems that plague Appalachia "affect everyone, 
not just the Roman Catholics in the area," he stated. 
"The Catholic tradition of social action calls out for 
participation in solving the problems of Appalachia 
for all our brethren . " 

The tenth anniversary of the pastoral letter on 
Appalachia will be celebrated in February 1985. The 
letter is still a vital part of planning throughout the 
area. It is used as a text in many colleges throughout 
the region, including several non-Catholic schools, 
and it has become a model for sociologists as well as 
theologians. CORA and CCA are working on ways to 
place copies of the pastoral letter into the hands of 
the people of the region— those who "wrote" the 

Controversial boycott tests bishop's mettle 

By Kay Fowler Schweers 

One of the most controversial actions taken by 
Bishop Michael J. Begley during his tenure was his 
support of the boycott of J. P. Stevens products. In 
March 1980, he signed a letter, issued by five 
bishops of the Southeast, which stated that they (the 
bishops) felt "compelled to endorse the consumer 
boycott of all J. P. Stevens products as sponsored by 
the Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers 

The publication of the letter resulted in con- 
troversy that involved parishioners and clergy, 
business leaders and employees throughout the 
state. Angry resignations from committees, with- 
drawal of donations from church-related 
organizations, and threatening letters were balanced 
by phone calls of congratulations, "thank you" let- 
ters, and support from many people. Bishop Begley 
said that some animosity aroused by the incident still 
surfaces during discussions of the Church's in- 
volvement in social action activities. 

The decision to issue a statement had developed 
over a period of time. The boycott of Stevens 
products began in the early '70s after early attempts 
of the union to bargain with the company had failed. 
The union won several court cases against the 
company for labor relations violations, but the 
trouble still persisted. 

The bishops became involved m the dispute for 
several reasons, said Bishop Begley. As pastors in 
the areas involved, they were the spiritual leaders 
with an obligation to speak out against what was 
perceived as injustices. What affected one part of 
the population affected the region, he said. It didn't 
matter whether or not the workers in the plant were 
Catholic. The economy, welfare, and spirit of the 
entire population suffered as a result of the dispute 
between management and labor. 

In 1977, when negotiations between Stevens and 
the ACTWU were at a standstill, the bishops 
published a joint letter saying, "We can no longer 
stay silent on the subject" of the dispute. In that letter 
all parties were urged to seek a satisfactory solution. 

The bishops offered to serve as mediators in the 

disagreement, applauding improvements in 

management's position. These improvements, 

s "replace the right to organize" on 

orkers. They closed the letter with a 

w the situation" if the offer to 


:e years, the bishop met frequently 

with Whitney Stevens, president and then chairman 
of the board for the company. Stevens and his 
representatives talked many times with Bishop 
Begley in particular and the talks were often held in 
the bishop's office. One main concern that the 
bishops had was that of being used by either 
management or labor. Bishop Begley said the 
argument could be in either party's favor. Collective 
bargaining, he said, had to remain a basic factor to 
all discussion. 

The failure of the Stevens' management to con- 
cede that point brought about the bishops' support of 
the boycott. The letter was drafted and written in late 
1979 and was issued to the public during a meeting of 
the US. bishops in Washington, DC. Five bishops 
signed the letter: F. Joseph Gossman of Raleigh, 
Begley of Charlotte, Thomas Donnellan of Atlanta, 
Raymond Lessard of Savannah, Ernest Unterkoefler 
of Charleston, and Walter Sullivan of Richmond. 

The letter urged all Catholics to "consider sup- 
porting the boycott of Stevens products " It also 
directed all diocesan organizations to support the 
statement. It was the latter request that caused the 
most controversy. 

Bishop Begley knew when the statement was 
issued that many people would disagree He felt that 

the spirit of the letter was often overlooked in the 
emotion of the moment. The letter did not endorse 
any union or unionization, he explained. It called for 
support of the boycott as a means to force a "good 
faith" bargaining attitude among the parties in- 

Union organizers applauded the letter. A spokes- 
person for ACTWU called it "the strongest statement 
from a religious organization on the Stevens issue." 

The boycott officially ended in October 1980 when 
representatives on both sides sat down to discuss the 
situation through collective bargaining. 

Bishop Unterkoefler of Charleston said that Bishop 
Begley's continued strength and determination 
during the situation was reassuring. Bishop Begley 
had come into a new diocese during a time of testing, 
the South Carolina bishop said. "He proved himself 
to be an outstanding leader in advancing the social 
morality of the diocese . ' ' 

Recently, Bishop Begley restated his belief that the 
Church has an obligation to speak out on matters that 
affect all people. "We cannot sidestep facts ... or 
principles," he said 

The Stevens incident is a strong example of Bishop 
Begley's belief that one of his main obligations is the 
promotion of justice for everyone in the Diocese of 

to Bishop Michael J. Begley 

Bishop inspires, influences priest's life 

By Audrey C. Lodato 

Father John McSweeney, the first priest to be 
ordained in the Diocese of Charlotte, is a man who 
knows Bishop Michael J. Begley well. Having lived in 
the bishop's residence for two years, as well as 
working with him in a number of diocesan settings, 
Father McSweeney is able to say of Bishop Begley: 
"I know he is a man of deep faith and prayer." 

The two first met in 1972, when then-seminarian 
McSweeney was attending Catholic University in 
Washington, D.C., and Bishop Begley was visiting 
the nation's capital. Father McSweeney was a 
member of the Institute of Diocesan Laborer Priests, 
a group dedicated to training priests for mission 
dioceses. He had considered serving in overseas 
missions but really wanted to be involved in parish 
work. The notion of going to a newly formed diocese 
with a large number of unchurched people in the 
middle of the Bible Belt intrigued and excited him. 

"The whole idea of the Church not being known— I 
somehow wanted to be part of that," Father Mc- 
Sweeney recalled. 

However, the seminarian wasn't about to jump into 
such a major commitment without some research. He 
looked into the economic life of the state, the growth 
factors, and the movement of businesses and nor- 
therners into North Carolina. He liked what he 
found— including the fact that North Carolina has four 
seasons and stretches from mountains to coast. A 
native of Oneida, N.Y., he has a penchant for skiing 
and loves the beach. 

Father McSweeney arrived in the diocese in May 
1974. He was assigned to St. Gabriel parish in 
Charlotte, where he was ordained a deacon the 
following month. On September 29 of that year, 
Bishop Begley ordained him to the priesthood. 

While serving as assistant pastor for two years at 
St. Gabriel parish with Msgr. Michael O'Keefe, 
Father McSweeney learned the history of the church 
in North Carolina from the Monsignor's point of view. 

He found the young diocese to be a place of 
commitment, community, and faith. Although each 
county had a Catholic church, many were not staffed 
by resident priests. Father McSweeney was in- 
trigued by the efforts the Church had made in the 
areas of health care, nursing, and recreation in the 
diocese. He was also impressed with the strength of 
the Cursil!" groups, from which, he believes, lay 
leadership comes as the diocese grows. 

From the beginning, Father McSweeney has held a 
multitude of positions concurrently, which often 
necessitated traveling long distances. "I had no 
idea," he said, "that it was possible to drive five 
hours and still be in the diocese!" 

After his work at St. Gabriel, he served as ad- 
ministrator of Charlotte Catholic High School and of 
several parishes in the western part of the diocese, 
as assistant pastor at Immaculate Conception in 
Hendersonville, and as pastor of St. John the Evange- 
list in Waynesville, Queen of the Apostles in 
Belmont, and since December 1983, St. Ann in 

In addition to his parish duties, Father McSweeney 
has been superintendent of Our Lady of the Hills 
Camp, a member of the bishop's committee on 
priestly formation, president of the priests' senate, 
coordinator of diocesan staff, diocesan director of 
planning and development, vice-chancellor, 
vocations director, and diocesan consultor. 

"I want to be a reconciler and a motivator for the 

Lord, an 'ambassador for Christ,' as St. Paul says. 
I've tried to live that idea in my life," Father Mc- 
Sweeney explained. 

Throughout Father McSweeney's 10-year career in 
North Carolina, he has been able to observe Bishop 
Begley in action and in prayer. He described the 
bishop as an astute administrator, a good listener, 
and a geat respecter of people. 

He has seen the bishop's involvement with the 
laity, his willingness to respond to needs, his open- 
ness to refugee resettlement, and his concern for 
quality education. In the early morning hours, he has 
witnessed the bishop alone in the chapel. 

"Bishop Begley has been a true inspiration to me 
and a great influence on my own priestly life," he 

He has ordained us to serve 

On September 29, 1974, the first ordination 
took place in the Charlotte diocese when Bishop 
Michael Begley ordained the Reverend John j. 
McSweeney to the priesthood. Since then 33 
more men have been ordained for the diocese: 
Reverend Paul C. Wilderotter, 1974 
Reverend Robert A. Gibson, 1975 
Reverend Joseph V. Mulligan, 1975 
Reverend Francis J. O'Rourke, 1975 
Reverend Richard N. Hanson, 1975 
Reverend R. Christian Hearing, 1976 
Reverend Carl E. Kaltreider, 1976 
Reverend John P. Hoover, 1976 
Reverend Philip J. Scarcella, 1977 
Reverend John J. Murray, 1978 
Reverend Michael S. Klepacki, 1978 
Reverend Conrad D. Kimbrough, 1978 
Reverend William B. Farrell, 1978 
Reverend C. Morris Boyd, 1978 
Reverend Donald P. Baker, 1980 
Reverend John M. Pagel, 1980 
Reverend James M. Byer, 1981 
Reverend Francis H. Dionne, 1981 
Reverend Myles E. Quail, 1981 
Reverend Carl T. DelGmdice, 1981 
Reverend Richard B. Farwell, 1981 
Reverend Cecil W. Tice, 1981 
Reverend Guy E. Morse, 1981 
Reverend Edward C. Smith, 1981 
Reverend Francis T. Cancro, 1981 
Reverend John F. Parsons, 1982 
Reverend Ramon Berg, 1982 
Reverend John Schneider, 1983 

Reverend Robert Choquet, 1983 

Reverend John Hanic, 1983 

Reverend Ronald Marecki, 1983 

Reverend Peter Jugis (ordained in Rome, 1983) 

Reverend Thomas D. Stott, 1983 

Reverend Paul Q. Gary, 1984 

On May 29, 1983, in Ovens Auditorium, 
Charlotte, Bishop Michael Begley ordained 19 
men to the Permanent Diaconate for the Diocese 
of Charlotte. These men were the first to be 
ordained Permanent Deacons in the diocese. 
They are: 

Rev. Mr. Andrew Cilone 
Rev. Mr. Charles R. Desautels 
Rev. Mr. James A. Dixon 
Rev. Mr. John Doyle 
Rev. Mr. John J. Gallen 
Rev. Mr. Joseph E. Garavaglia 
Rev. Mr. Gerald P. Hickey 
Rev. Mr. Charles Knight 
Rev. Mr. Joseph H. Mack, Jr. 
Rev. Mr. Franklin L. Manning, Sr 
Rev. Mr. Harold M. Markel 
Rev. Mr. Hugo L. May 
Rev. Mr. Dennis O'Madigan 
Rev. Mr. Joseph N. Schumacher 
Rev. Mr. Joseph T. Smith 
Rev. Mr. Rudolph J. Triana 
Rev. Mr. Patrick Vallandingham 
Rev. Mr. Jozef A. Vandermeer 
Rev. Mr Paul F.Watson 

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Salem, 1974. 

ifield and the bishop in 1977. 

Bishop Begley and his housekeeper, Sister Aquinas Makin. The chancellor, Father Joseph Kerin, and Bishop Father Pius Keating, B 

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jute to Bishop Michael J. Begley 

Atonement Fathers Bartholomew Paytas (left) and Martin Carter with Stephen McPherson and Bishop Begley at Our Lady of 
Father Carter's nephew, Martin, at Father Carter's first Mass in High Point. Grace Church in Greensboro, 1981 . 

Begley, and Sister Kathleen Winters pose with St 
i class of 1984 in Swannanoa. 

The bishop enjoys a laugh with (left to right) Do Morris, Helene Wyatt, and Sister Marie Kelly* 

A Tribute to Bishop Michael J. Bei 

Diocese, orders nurture one another 

By Audrey C. Lodato 

Religious orders have, for hundreds of years, 
offered talented women and men to serve the 
Catholics of North Carolina. Bishop Begley has 
reminded his people on many occasions of the 
significant contributions these women and men 
religious have made to the development of the 
Diocese of Charlotte and the respect he himself has 
for their dedication. 

Two orders that reflect the close relationship that 
exists between the religious and the bishop are the 
Benedictine Monks and the Sisters of Mercy in 
Belmont. The Benedictines and Mercys arrived in 
western North Carolina nearly a century before the 
Diocese of Charlotte was formed. Both religious 
orders have played major roles in establishing and 
nurturing the Church in the 46 counties that make up 
the state's western diocese. 

In fact, Belmont Abbey served the functions of a 
diocese (known as an abbey nullius) for the whole 
territory of North Carolina from 1910 to 1924, when 
the Raleigh diocese was formed. Even then, the 
monastery retained jurisdiction of the western part of 
the state for another 20 years and for Gaston County 
until 1960. It wasn't until 1976 that the nullius, or 
abbey diocese, was abolished altogether. 

The Sisters of Mercy arrived in North Carolina in 
1869 and settled in Belmont in 1892. Their charge is 
"the care of the poor, the sick, and the ignorant," 
which they have worked to fulfill through health 
care, social work, and educational programs and 

With this long history of leadership in the religious 
and educational life and concerns of the area, how 
have these two orders interfaced with the 13-year- 
old diocese, and what has been their relationship 
with Bishop Michael J. Begley? 

The Benedictines 

Because of its unique history, Belmont Abbey 
remains very involved in the life of the Diocese of 
Charlotte and maintains a close relationship with the 

"We feel close to Bishop Begley and supported by 
his presence," explained Benedictine Abbot Peter 
Stragand. The abbot went on to describe Bishop 
Begley as "a gentle person and an understanding 
man, ready to be helpful when we need his 
assistance." He believes the bishop understands 
monastic life better than many bishops because he 
has worked hand-in-hand with abbey priests over 
the years. 

The bishop has been "very supportive" of Belmont 
Abbey College, the main work of the Benedictines in 
the diocese. In appreciation, the college awarded 
Bishop Begley with an honorary degree in 1975. 

The abbey continues to staff St. Michael Church in 
Gastonia, even though it is a diocesan parish. In 
addition, every weekend half-a-dozen priests are 
sent out to parishes around the diocese to assist with 
Mass and confessions. This practice not only helps 
the diocese, but also gives the monks an opportunity 
to exercise their priestly ministry in a parish setting. 

Many of the older priests in the diocese studied at 
Belmont Abbey seminary. Although the seminary 
closed in 1968, the diocese often sends young men to 
the college for religion and philosophy courses in 
preparation for seminary work. 

"It benefits the college to have this kind of 
dedicated student involved in church and campus 
activities," said Abbot Peter. 

On March 21, St. Benedict's feastday, the clergy in 
the diocese are invited to the abbey to celebrate. 
Usually Bishop Begley has attended. This and other 
informal exchanges help keep alive the relationship 
between diocesan priests and the Benedictines. 

The Sisters of Mercy 

When the diocese was formed in 1971, the Sisters 
of Mercy motherhouse and most of its missions and 
ministries were located within the diocesan boun- 
daries. Bishop Begley had previously worked 
ciosely with many of the Sisters. 

In the words of Sister Maria Goretti Weldon, 
superior general of the order from 1972 to 1980, "We 
knew him warmly. It was like having an old friend 
become bishop." 

Bishop Begley has oeen "very encouraging, af- 
firming, and grateful" io the Sisters of Mercy for their 
work i iiocese, according to Sister Maria 

:casions he has approached the 
: because of its strong com- 


Abbot Peter Stragand of Belmont Abbey (second left) concelebrates a diocesan liturgy with Bishop Begley and Bishop 
Joseph Howze of the Diocese of Biloxi, Miss. 

mitment to the Church in North Carolina and its root- 
edness in the state. 

Sister Jeanne Margaret McNally, current superior 
general, described the order's relationship with the 
bishop as "one of collaboration. He has always been 
supportive of our efforts in ministry," she said. "Any 
new works or projects we proposed or initiated, we 
discussed and accomplished in a true dialogical 

"The presence of the bishop at special events in 
our lives, such as our 150th anniversary, jubilees, 
professions, and other celebrations has been 
enriching to us and to those who shared the occasion 
with us." 

Sacred Heart College, run by the order, offers 
various programs of interest to Catholics in the area, 
and its facilities are often made available for 
diocesan gatherings. 

"We have had an amiable, growth-filled 
relationship," said Sister Jeanne Margaret, "and we 
truly appreciated his leadership, support, example, 
concern, and role as pastor of the Diocese of 

The fact that there is a Diocese of Charlotte is a 
tribute to the sisters, brothers, and priests who 
labored for over a century to establish the Church in 
the western part of North Carolina. 

Mercy Sister Loyola poses with Bishop Begley following a 
jubilee celebration for women religious. 

Below are just a few of the 
achievements and honors Bishop 
Michael J. Begley has gained in his 50 
years as a priest. 

Ordained to the priesthood on May 26, 

Honored by Pope Pius XII as a 
domestic prelate and given the title of 
monsignorin 1955. 

• • • 
Honorary doctorate of letters (LL.D) 
have been bestowed on him by his 
alma mater, Mount Saint Mary College 
in Emmitsburg, Md.; Belmont Abbey 
College, Belmont; Allentown College, 
Allentown, Pa.; and Sacred Heart 
College, Belmont. 

• • • 

He has served on: Mercy Hospital 
Advisory Board, Johnson C. Smith 
University Board of Visitors, TO LIFE 
Advisory Board, Boys Town of North 
Carolina Board of Directors, Sacred 
Heart College Board of Directors and 
the Land Stewardship Council of 
North Carolina Board of Directors. 

• • • 

He has also served as: co-publisher 
of The North Carolina Catholic, chair- 
person of the Catholic Committee on 
Appalachia, a member of the Bishop's 
Committee on Priestly Formation, and 
episcopal advisor for Cursillo; he 
initiated a dialogue between church, 
labor, and management that resulted 
in the document "The Workbench of 
Life; and he appointed a taskforce to 
study the role of women in the ChurcL 

He has also been honored by 
numerous organizations and groups 
both in his diocese and throughout the 
state of North Carolina. 

Bishop Michael J. Begley 

He has easily assumed modern role of bishop 

By Mary Coyne Wessling 

One common definition emerges from all the 
descriptions of Michael J. Begley , offered by friends, 
relatives, and co-workers: he's a nice man who loves 

"Where I might have expected changes, I didn't 
find them," said Aloha Linhares, his personal 
secretary of 12 years. "He has stayed pretty much 
the same. He hasn't let the pressures of the office 
influence his dealings with people . " 

"He's a warm, down-to-earth, friendly priest who 
has made an outstanding first bishop of Charlotte," 
said Bishop F. Joseph Gossman of the Diocese of 
Raleigh. "The diocese is off to a very good first 12 
years and I'm sure he had something to do with that." 

Bishop Gossman, who became bishop of Raleigh in 
1975, said Bishop Begley never gave the impression 
that he was better or knew more about how to run a 
diocese. "He accepted me as an equal right away. 
He's that kind of person. 

"I'm always surprised to hear that he's as old as he 
is. He has a much younger presence in his style, 
enthusiasm, and mobility." 

Bishop Gossman said the best way to describe 
Bishop Begley is to say he has "pastoral sensitivity." 
He added that he hopes Bishop Begley will continue 
to use his gifts even after his retirement. 

Bishop Ernest L. Unterkoefler of the Diocese of 
Charleston, S.C., has known Bishop Begley for more 
than 20 years. He describes his fellow bishop as "a 
very easy-going, gentle, open person who will go the 
extra mile with anybody. 

"His great strength lies in his willingness to give 
himself generously to all his pastoral activities and 

"I think he fits the modern role of bishop very well. 
His background in Catholic Chanties gives him an 
insight into the problems of the poor . . . and those 
who are disenfranchised, which is really a basic 
responsibility for the bishop— to proclaim the Gospel 
to the poor as Jesus did. I think that's a very foun- 
dational thing in Bishop Begley 's life. 

"He has done more than a competent piece of 
work in forming a new diocese, ' ' he said. 

Archbishop Thomas A. Donnellan of the Arch- 

Bishop F. Joseph Gossman, Archbishop Jean Jadot, and Bishop 

diocese of Atlanta and head of the Atlanta Province 
said of Bishop Begley: "I would regard him as a 
personal friend. He's a warm, kindly person, an 
outstanding priest. In our discussions about church 
business on which we needed to share opinions and 
come to common action, he was very effective. 

"His humanity comes through in his decisions, and 
he is strong without being offensive. At our meetings 
(for the bishops of the Atlanta Province) we all felt 
totally at home with him. His opinions are sincerely 
respected, ' ' the archbishop said. 

Bishop Joseph Howze of the Diocese of Biloxi, 
Miss., was once a priest of the Dioceses of Raleigh 
and Charlotte. He has known Bishop Begley for 30 
years. In 1973, he was appointed an auxiliary bishop 
of Jackson, Miss., and installed as bishop of Biloxi on 
June 6, 1977. 

Bishop Howze described Bishop Begley as the 
"same type person now as he was then. He's very 

Michael J. Begley at the 1979 Sunbelt Conference. 

easy to communicate with. 

"When we heard the news we were excited and 
comfortable with it because he was a bishop we all 
knew very well." 

Bishop Begley's sister, Mrs. Helen Crowley, said 
her brother's graciousness and easy-going style is 
evident in everything he does. The two travel 
together each summer, and her brother always 
remains open to her wishes. "He's the most 
congenial travel companion I know. 

"He always tells me to take one day at a time. I can 
call him anytime and talk anything over. I really 
value his opinion and advice," she said. 

"He shows as much excitement and enthusiasm 
after visiting the schoolchildren as he would after 
sitting down with the president of the United States," 
said Mrs Linhares. 

She added, "It's so hard not to say something good 
about him." 

Religious Congregations of Women in the Diocese of Charlotte— 1984 

Congregation of Our Lady, Help of the Clergy— Vale. 

Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul— Greensboro. 

Dominican Sisters: Congregation of the Most Holy Rosary (Adrian, MI)— Boone, Greensboro. 

Daughters of the Church— Charlotte, Statesville. 

Franciscan Secular Institute of the Queenship of Mary— Waynesville. 

Franciscan Sisters of the Atonement— High Point. 

Franciscan Sisters of the Poor— Hayesville. 

Gray Nuns of the Sacred Heart— Charlotte. 

Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity— Charlotte, Belmont. 

Oblate Sisters of Providence— Charlotte. 

Order of St. Benedict— Charlotte. 

Poor Servants of the Mother of God— High Point. 

Religious of Christian Education— Asheville, Hendersonville. 

School Sisters of Notre Dame (Baltimore)— Hendersonville. 

Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati— Bryson City. 

Sisters of Charity of New York — Hayesville. 

Sisters of the Holy Child of Jesus (Drexel Hill, PA)— Charlotte. 

Sisters of Mercy of North Carolina— Asheville, Belmont, Charlotte, Gastonia, Greensboro, Salisbury. 

Sisters of Mercy of the Union (Dallas Province)— Belmont. 

Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur— Mt. Holly, Charlotte, Hot Springs. 

Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Family (Dubuque)— Hayesville. 

Sisters of St. Francis of Milwaukee— Charlotte. 

Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia (Glen Riddle)— Hayesville. 

Sisters of St. Francis of Penance and Charity (Tiffin, Ohio)— Charlotte, Cherokee, Maggie Valley. 

Sisters of St. Joseph of Chestnut Hill— Charlotte, High Point, Winston-Salem. 

Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Scranton)— Charlotte. 

Number of Sisters in the diocese: 213 

Number of Congregations represented: 26 

Number of convents or residences: 37 

Religious Orders of Men in the Diocese of Charlotte— 1984 

Glenmary Home Missioners— Andrews, Bryson City, Cherokee, Jefferson, Sparta, Murphy, Hayesville, Sylva, Cullowhee. 

Society of Jesus— Charlotte, Hot Springs, Arden, Mooresville, Winston Salem. 

Rede.nptorist Fathers — Concord, Kannapolis, Waynesville, Canton. 

Benedictine Monks — Belmont, Gastonia, Spencer Mountain. 

Trinity Missions— North Wilkesboro, Elkin. 

Congregation of the Missions — Greensboro. 

Paulist Fathers— Greensboro. 

Oblate Fathers of Mary Immaculate — Hamlet, Monroe, Wadesboro. 

Franciscan Friars of the Atonement— High Point, Swannanoa. 

Oblates of St. Francis de Sales— Kemersville, Charlotte, Lexington, Thomasville, Asheboro, Liberty, Greensboro. 

Number of Religious priests in diocese: 40 

Number of Orders represented: 10 

Number of parishes and missions served: 37 

A Tribute to Bishop Michael J. Be . 

Strong support, encouragement for ecumenism 

By Kay Fowler Schweers 

Throughout his 12 years as bishop of the Diocese of 
Charlotte, Bishop Michael Begley has been in- 
strumental in instigating and developing inter- 
denominational meetings and study groups. His 
efforts have created good feelings within the 
religious community of western North Carolina and 
have earned him high accolades from religious 
leaders in many denominations. 

Bishop Begley has encouraged the growth and 
development of the ecumenical spirit in Charlotte 
and the Charlotte Diocese from the viewpoint that 
"we've all been at fault . . . we've held ourselves 
aloof, but now we are working toward unity without 

The Reverend Mr. William Robertson, associate 
pastor of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Charlotte, 
praised the speech that Bishop Begley gave at the 
500th anniversary celebration of Martin Luther's 
birthday in November 1983. "Bishop Begley is a 
gracious man," Robertson said, "who, by force of his 
personality, has contributed to the spiritual growth of 
the community." 

During a lecture series observing the Luther an- 
niversary, Bishop Begley was invited to speak on 
"Luther From the Catholic Perspective." He 
discussed the "echoes of the work of Luther" that 
appeared in Vatican II writings and the obvious 
importance of Luther to Catholic tradition as well as 
Protestant theological development. 

The lecture was an opportunity for Bishop Begley 
to extend greetings to the Lutherans from Pope John 
Paul II During his audience with the pope in 1983, 
the Holy Father asked Bishop Begley, "What 
relationship do you have with the Christian churches 
in your area?" 

When the bishop explained that he was taking part 
in the Lutheran dialogue, the pope sent "greetings to 
the Lutherans." 

Bishop William G. Weineaur, Episcopal Bishop of 
Western North Carolina, praised Bishop Begley 's 
leadership in developing Anglican-Roman Catholic 
discussions. The first Anglican-Roman Catholic 
clergy conference was held in Hendersonville in the 
mid-'70s, and Bishop Begley's support was an im- 
portant part of the success of that venture. That initial 
conference has helped stimulate statewide talks 
between the clergy of both faiths, Weineaur said. 

The most recent conference took place on March 
1, 1984, in Hickory. Priests of both faiths came 
together to discuss mutual ideas and directions for 
closer understanding. 

In areas of the state where both religions are a 
minority, Bishop Begley has encouraged the sharing 
of facilities. In Denver, N.C., the Catholics use the 
Episcopal church for services, and in Andrews the 
Episcopalians share the Catholic facilities. St. Luke 
Episcopal Church and St. Elizabeth Catholic Church 

"We are working toward unity without uniformity." 

in Boone signed a covenant to encourage 
parishioners to pray for one another and to work 
together on mutually beneficial programs. 

Weineaur expressed regret at the coming 
retirement of Bishop Begley, but he laughed as he 
said that "retirement will probably find him busier 
than ever." 

To Rev. Robertson, Bishop Begley will always be 
"a gracious man, who, by the force of his personality, 
has contributed to the spiritual growth of the com- 
munity." Those words were echoed by Robertson's 
superior, Bishop Michael CD. McDamel. McDaniel 
is leader of the North Carolina Synod of Lutheran 
Churches in America. 

Referring to Bishop Begley's speech on Martin 
Luther, McDamel recalled that "after he finished 
speaking, there wasn't much left for me to say!" 

"I hope that the next generation of priests— both 
Catholic and Lutheran— have his spirit of love," 
McDaniel stated. That spirit was manifested in the 
attitude Bishop Begley took toward dialogues and 
programs designed to open lines of communication 
between the two denominations. 

McDaniel praised the bishop's "youthful, vigorous 
approach" to all he undertakes and wished him a 
fulfilling retirement, calling him the "finest church- 
man in North Carolina." 

Rabbi Richard K. Rockhn, of Temple Israel in 
Charlotte praised Bishop Begley for creating an 
atmosphere of brotherhood and cooperation be- 
tween religions in Charlotte. Begley "puts his words 

into action for all people," Rockhn said. 

"When I think of Bishop Begley, I am reminded of a 
quotation: 'The hands that do are often times holier 
than lips that pray.' Bishop Begley is a doer, and he 
doesn't restrict his actions to Catholics. His good 
works extend to all humankind," Rocklin explained. 
He cited the Seder suppers that many Catholic 
churches in the areas have during Passover and the 
hosting of Holocaust memorial services by Catholic 

Bishop Begley is a leader in the movement to 
"walk together as brothers, not trying to change one 
another, but to grow together." He credits the bishop 
as the moving spirit behind a recent grant of match- 
ing funds to create a Catholic-Jewish dialogue at 
Belmont Abbey. 

Eventually, Rocklin hopes, those dialogues will 
extend beyond "just the clergy and the rab- 
bis. . .andreachouttothepeople." 

Bishop Begley believes that the next step to 
greater understanding will be at "the living room 
level" where the true spirit of ecumenism will bear 

"We must work toward unity without uniformity," 
he has said more than once. 

The leaders of the many faiths in the Charlotte 
diocese are unanimous in their admiration and 
respect for the shepherd of the Charlotte diocese. 
Bishop McDaniel said it best: "If we had more Bishop 
Begleys, we'd make greater steps to un- 

Getting diocese off the ground wasn't easy 

By Msgr. Joseph S. Showfety 

My association with Bishop Begley began in 
December 1971. Three days after he was selected 
the bishop he asked me to be the new chancellor. 

Much had to be done to organize the new diocese 
and to plan for his ordination From the beginning I 
noticed a most admirable trait in him— the ability to 
trust priests with assignments. 

I went to Raleigh to begin working with the 
chancellor there, Msgr. Louis Morton, to prepare the 
orderly transition of materials that our diocese now 
owned. That was when I realized the scope of work 
that had to be performed on a diocesan scale 

The cooperation between bishops at that time 
made the entire transition go smoothly Our task was 
monumental, but the open attitude of the late Bishop 
Vincent S. Waters, Msgr. Morton, and Francis 
Heazel helped a great deal. 

On Jan. 13, 1972, the day after Bishop Begley's 
installation, we opened for business in three rooms in 
St. Patrick rectory. The times were not the easiest, 
but the help and cooperation were tremendous. 
Within two months we moved to the first chancery 
building of the Diocese of Charlotte— a duplex 
behind St. Patrick Cathedral, which was converted 
into offices. We quickly outgrew those facilities and 
purchased the present chancery in October 1974 

1 years of refurbishing buildings, more 

was also taking place. Early in his 

lop Begley decided to have the 

on diocesan planning— a project 

Msgr. Joseph Showfety and Bishop Begley 

that involved every parish and mission The purpose 
was to involve the laity, primarily through councils, in 
decisions affecting the parish and the diocese. The 
diocese— less than two years old— was already 
looking for ways to implement Vatican II directives. 
The bishop worked as hard as anyone to insure the 
success of the plans. 

Bishop Begley showed similar concern and 
courage on many projects. In spite of the long hours 
and hard work on the projects, he still maintained 
control and interest in the diocese. He never backed 
away from his responsibilities but accepted them 
with cheerful determination. I had nothing but ad- 

miration for his perseverance. 

It wasn't all work during those years. In the sum- 
mer of 1972, Benedictine Father Joseph Tobin moved 
into the bishop's residence on Dilworth Avenue. He 
quickly became "the keeper of the house" because 
he did things that neither the bishop nor I had time to 
do. Mostly, he added to the warmth and friendship of 
our home 

In 1976 Franciscan Sister Aquinas Makin became 
our housekeeper. She gave it a completely new 
dimension with her wonderful cooking and care for 
the house. 

Also joining us that year was Msgr. Michael 
O'Keefe who was recovering from an illness. We 
had many good times together and enjoyed each 
other's company. Happiness at home made the work 

I look back on my seven-and-a-half years as 
chancellor with pride and gratitude. It was my 
pleasure to work so closely with Bishop Begley in 
setting up the many faceted works of the diocese. My 
appointment afforded me many challenges and 
satisfaction. The best part of being there was my 
closeness to the bishop in working and living with 
him. He never looked over my shoulder or 
questioned my work. Rather, I had his full support 
and understanding. 

How grateful I am to know such a true friend, 
devoted priest, and great bishop. 

Msgr. Showfety is vicar general and pastor of Queen of the 
Apostles in Belmont. 

e to Bishop Michael J . Begley 

A Dedication 

This year's 
'Living Till We Die" 
conference. . . 

... is gratefully dedicated to Most Reverend Michael J. Begley, bishop of the 
Diocese of Charlotte. Bishop Begley is a healer, a man of heart who heals 
wounds from the inside out. His empathy enables him to be pastor to all, 
especially those in pain— pain of the heart, pain of soul and pain of body. He 
cares for every individual, never stereotyping anyone. Each person is special, 

and he has time for everyone. Bishop Begley has the wonderful ability to 
enjoy the moment and always live life to its fullest. An outward sign of his 
peace and simplicity is his sense of joy. He has faith in God, faith in self and 
faith in people. 

Praise from community leaders 

By Kay Fowler Schweers 

When a man is selected for the position of bishop, 
he is frequently the most visible representative of the 
Catholic Church in the community. When he is the 
first bishop, he is even more visible and sets many 

Bishop Michael J. Begley has established a 
reputation for integrity and strength that will be a 
hard act to follow. 

Without exception, civic leaders throughout 
Charlotte have high praise for Bishop Begley. Over 
and over the phrase "powerful influence" was used. 
Whether the speaker was discussing the bishop's 
spiritual and moral leadership, or citing an example 
of his devotion to people of all beliefs. 

Ty Boyd, head of Ty Boyd Communications and Ty 
Boyd Enterprises, spoke as both businessman and 
Catholic. "He (Bishop Begley) has sure been a power 
player," he said, citing the bishop's ability to get the 
job done and meet the needs of his people. "If he 
hadn't entered the religious life he would have been 
the chairman of a large company. 

"He's a good administrator, a great public 
relations person, and he's been enormously ef- 
fective," Boyd said. He added that the following 
Bishop Begley has earned was voluntary and "not 
the result of his office . " 

Howard Winokeur, head of the TO LIFE 
organization in Charlotte, said it was an easy choice, 
selecting the bishop as the one to whom this year's 
"Living Till We Die" conference was dedicated. The 
organization, which deals with helping people 
through grief and loss, chose Bishop Begley as a 
source of inspiration to all who profess a desire to 
improve the quality of life. 

Charlotte's former mayor, Eddie Knox, took time 
from his campaign for governor to talk about Bishop 
Begley. He remembered his associations with the 
ordinary with fondness, and was emphatic in stating 
the importance of Bishop Begley's contribution to 
Charlotte and the surrounding area. "He's been an 
asset to the community in his work as bishop and in 
helping to structure the community," Knox said. 

John Belk, former Charlotte mayor and business 
leader, believes that "Charlotte is better for having 
Bishop Begley here." He admires the bishop's 
"living the way he believes" and his influence as a 
man of God on all people. 

Harvey Gantt , current mayor of Charlotte, said he 
looks forward to getting to know Bishop Begley. 
Their meetings so far have been limited to civic 
affairs, Gantt explained. The mayor shared a table 
with Bishop Begley at the recent "Living Till We Die" 
conference in Charlotte "which confirmed all the 

good things I have heard about him," Gantt said. 
Bishop Begley's influence, he added, has "impacted 
the lives of many people, both Catholic and non- 

Ty Boyd summarized all the remarks when he said, 
"Bishop Begley has been enormously effective The 
community of Charlotte as well as the Catholics have 
benefitted from his leadership." 


RALEIGH 27611 

James B Hunt Jr 


April 17, 1984 

Dear Bishop Begley: 

As you celebrate your fiftieth anniversary as a Roman Catholic priest, I 
want to extend to you my personal congratulations. More importantly, I 
want to express my deepest gratitude. 

North Carolina is a good and godly state and much of that is the result of 
your witness and influence. You have been faithful to your calling and 
have, by your example, been a source of inspiration to us all. 

You have shown us what we can be at our best. You have taught us by deeds 
as well as words. 

For fifty years, you have called North Carolina home and have served Him 
and us well. The investment of a lifetime cannot be repaid.- We can only 
say that God's grace and goodness were at their best when He placed you 
within our midst. 

As a fellow Christian, I count you as both brother and friend. My prayer 
is that God will continue to give you a strong body, a keen mind, and a 
compassionate heart. 

My warmest personal regards. 

Most Reverend Michael Joseph Begley 
First Bishop of Diocese of Charlotte 
Post Office Box 36776 
Charlotte, North Carolina 28236 

A Tribute to Bishop Michael J. Be. 

Looks forward to 
being 'gentleman 
of leisure' 

By Mary Coyne Wessling 

The year was 1934. Father Michael Begley had just 
arrived at St. Mary parish in Wilmington as a newly or- 
dained priest. 

The year was filled with new challenges for this young 
man from Massachusetts. He would learn what it meant to 
be a member of a minority religion. He would discover the 
customs and foods unique to the South. He would learn 
about religion in the South, including the separatism that 
existed then even in the Catholic churches. 

"I remember my first pastor would not invite to dinner a 
black priest who was giving a mission in town. That was 
something I had to learn to relate to." 

The 25-year-old priest would learn to relate to many 
things as he rolled up his sleeves and delved into the life 
of North Carolina's Catholic Church. 

Challenges came quickly in those early years when 
priests were in shorter supply than they are today. After 
only three months as an assistant, Father Begley was made 
pastor of St. Therese in Wilson with a mission m Farmville 
He took on his new role with enthusiasm. What he didn't 
know about the South, he depended on his people to teach 
him. He says that he is still learning from them 

His pastoral duties included traveling the state three 
weeks each year visiting the Catholic churches. He 
learned many things on those travels, mostly, the lack of 
knowledge that non-Catholics and even some Catholics 
had about the Church. 

"I found some non-Catholics marveling at all the gods 
we had in our churches. They also understood that the 
confessional was a place where we stashed the am- 

"People just had a general lack of information." It was 
confusion more than bigotry that kept these people at 
arms' length of Catholics, he said. 

Through patience and "doing things gradually," he and 
other dedicated churchworkers helped more and more 
people to understand the Church. At the time, he said, 
their strongest tool of evangelization was Catholic 

"Catholic schools helped do away with a lot of the 
suspicion. Non-Catholics began to send their children to 
Catholic schools because they were so far ahead of public 

"I remember Bishop (William) Hafey saying 60 years 
from now we will see the results of the benefits in Catholic 
schools. That was 1934." 

However, ecumenism beyond the school doors "was a 
rarity," he added. Except on an individual basis of 
speaking with other ministers, the clergy and religious had 
little contact with the other area churches. 

"Ecumenism has really moved ahead. Today, I guess 
we are a Christian community. We weren't then." 

As he served in eight parishes, from Wilson to Charlotte, 
Father Begley continued to gain knowledge of the people 
and how their faith worked in their lives. He also came to 
love them. "So many people were responsive to me and to 
helping the church." 

Among his proud moments as pastor was his 1 1 years at 
St. Ann parish in Charlotte. As founding pastor, he watch- 
ed the people build the church "on faith first, money 

His respect for the laity would become even stronger in 
his years of serving as their bishop. 

Nazareth orphanage 

Although each assignment was satisfying, his eight years 
as superintendent at Nazareth Orphanage in Raleigh holds 
a special place in his heart. From 1942 to 1955 he lived 
with and guided "his kiddos" through their adolescent 
years. He also took time during those years to earn a 

ers degree in social work from the University of North 
I ma in Chapel Hill. His job at Nazareth was con- 
:d his field work. 

Michael J. Begley at age 25. 

Msgr. Begley, 51, dedicates the Charlotte Catholic football field 

te to Bishop Michael J Begley 

More important than earning his degree was the 
fulfillment "Father Mike" found in the children. 

"The kiddos were just great. We had 175 of them when 
we started. Many were from broken homes; some were 
orphans or half-orphans. It was a tremendous opportunity 
to share with them— their concerns, anxieties, and 
moments of joy when they came along. 

"It helped me too because I had finished my social work 
training and I could see it from a professional point of 
view. For example, when I talked to the kiddos, I listened 
to what they said and let it go at that. I took a nonjudge- 
mental point of view. I wasn't a pastor listening and 
making a decision. 

"Those were interesting days. We did many things to 
train the kids for the future. I've kept in touch with some of 
the kids over the years." 

One woman, who resides in Charlotte, recently told 
Bishop Begley that she always looked to him as a second 
father. Many orphanage children did. 

In 1949, while at Nazareth, Father Begley took on the 
added responsibility as diocesan director of Catholic 
Chanties. He remained involved in that work until he 
became bishop. The ministry brought him in touch with 
even more people— those he helped and those who 
helped him. Among the many outreach programs, he was 
most proud of resettling 1,900 refugees from war-torn 
Europe after World War II. 

"They came, some of them, not speaking one word of 
English. We'd go down to the trains, and the only thing 
they'd look for was the Roman Catholic collar. They'd be 
wearing red buttons that said Catholic Charities, and we'd 
grab them and pull them off the train. 

"That's where we'd find implicit trust and confidence in 
the Church. Unaware of where they were going, what 
they'd be doing, they still had complete trust in us. That's 
the thing that inspired us to help them." 
His years as bishop 

"I thought I was doing a good job as a pastor, when 
suddenly I had to be concerned about 65 parishes, 15 
missions, 15 parochial schools, and three high schools," 
Bishop Begley said as he recalled his reaction to being 
named first ordinary for the Diocese of Charlotte. 

"It was overwhelming to realize how we adapted. I 
found out a lot of things when I sat on this side of the 

Fortunately, what he found was much the same thing he 
found as pastor— a spirit of cooperation and leadership 
among his clergy, religious, and laity. This time he utilized 
their talents on a broader range, which included the 
diocese, vicariates, and parishes. As bishop, he increased 
his reliance on others, especially the laity. 

"We found many areas where people responded. A real 
change in the church evolved. Now, truly, the laity were 
having a role in the Church. 

"When I was pastor I had to go it all alone with the help 
of a few. Now, parish councils share the responsibility with 
the priests. This, of course, requires a new attitude on the 
priest's part to maintain that important public relations 
factor. It means that the priest must truly share respon- 
sibility with the people," 

Bishop Begley admitted that he himself found these 
changes hard to accept at times. "I must say I adjusted 
with some difficulty. Where I'd been accustomed to doing 
something for 25 years and all of a sudden it changed, it 
meant I had to adjust. My attitude was, if this is the position 
of Vatican II . . . then I felt we had to follow that direction 
and make it part of our lives. That meant I had to be 
prayerful and have that spiritual background to be able to 
accept the change." 

Looking back, he sees the benefit of the changes both in 
himself and his people. "I can see more people sharing in 
the work of the Church." 

His accomplishments 

As a leader, Bishop Begley said he hoped people would 
describe him "from a pastoral point of view ... as a 
person who was willing to listen, who tried to provide 

Many agree with that description. Even though Bishop 
Begley has achieved much he seldom takes the credit. 
When asked to list his accomplishments as ordinary, he 
made use of a familiar trademark, the pastoral term "we." 

"We've established eight new parishes in the diocese. 
I've been privileged, and I mean that sincerely, to have 
ordained 26 priests. That's half the men in this diocese. 

"We've been able to assimilate all these nationalities 

A Tribute to Bishop Michael J E 

we've been asked to welcome— the Indochinese, the 
Koreans, the Hispamcs. We've developed ministries to 
these people. 

"Our Charismatic people are moving along to the point 
that now they want something to do in the Church. They 
are hungry to be active in ministry, maybe along the lines 
of evangelization. 

"Our youth group is most important. We need to 
establish more programs that will give them that op- 
portunity to work for the Church." 

Pausing for a moment, Bishop Begley switched from 
listing his achievements to stating a few guidelines that 
have helped him be an effective leader— guidelines, he 
said, that all bishops should follow. 

"I think we need to be firm in demanding that the 
magisterium be observed. 

"I think we need to be supportive of our priests and 
women religious, m helping them through the struggles 
that they're working through, and be firm that they follow 
the directives of the Church. 

"We need to stress to the laity to use their talents in the 
parish, the vicariate, and the diocese. In many instances 
we have only a handful of people helping the pastor. We 
need to get the people in the back pews to lend their 
talents. We need to get them to realize that they should 
share their talent with their Church. 

"Lay leadership needs to respond because 10 years 
from now we'll either have a strong Church or not. It 
depends on lay leadership." 

How have these guidelines helped the Diocese of 

"I believe we have a healthy diocese. We've got a 
sound one from an economic point of view. We've made 
some spiritual advances as renewal programs seem to 
indicate . . we've developed good lay leadership 
throughout the diocese. It's all been possible because the 
lay cooperation has been tremendous." 

What the future holds 

Bishop Begley said he is not regretting his guickly ap- 
proaching retirement. "I'm delighted to have a change 
take place. I've put in 50 years as a priest. I'm quite 
willing to comply to what the Church says must be done," 

He said that he will "be of whatever service I can" to 
the new ordinary, whether it is presiding at a diocesan 
event or filling in for a priest at Sunday Mass. He would 
like to stay active in the spiritual renewal programs and 
'und to the "country parishes." 
ly, he said, "I'll be a gentleman of leisure, of 

Bishop Begley at a staff party celebrating his 75th birthday. 

...Bishop Begley looks forward to his days of leisure. 

J- A Tribute to Bishop Michael ]. Begley 

on the occasion of your retirement, anniversary and birthday. 

Holy Redeemer Church 

Andrews, NC 

Saint Andrew the Apostle Church 

Apex, NC 

Saint Eugene Parish 

Asheville, NC 

Religious of Christian Education 

Asheville, NC 

Saint Eugene Women's Guild 

Asheville, NC 

Gibbons of Baltimore 

Baltimore, MD 

Sacred Heart College 

Belmont, NC 

Belmont Abbey Monastery 

Belmont, NC 

Sacred Heart Campus Grade School 

Belmont, NC 

Catholic Diocese of Biloxi 

Biloxi, MS 

Saint Elizabeth Church 

Boone, NC 

Sacred Heart Church 

Brevard, NC 

Blessed Sacrament Church 

Burlington, NC 

Immaculate Conception Parish 

Canton, NC 

Immaculate Conception Church 

Carolina Beach, NC 

Saint Michael the Archangel Church 

Cary, NC 

Order Minor Conventuals 

Castle Hayne, NC 

Saint Stanislaus Church 
Castle Hayne, NC 

Newman Catholic Student Center 
Chapel Hill, NC 

Saint John Neumann Women's Guild 

Charlotte, NC 

Howren Music Company 

Charlotte, NC 

The People of Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish 

Charlotte, NC 

Southern Atlantic Insurance Agency, Ltd. 

Charlotte, NC 

Our Lady of the Assumption Church 

Charlotte, NC 

Worldwide Marriage Encounter 

Charlotte, NC 

Saint Patrick Cathedral 

Charlotte, NC 

Charlotte Catholic High School 

Charlotte, NC 

Saint Vincent de Paul Church 

Charlotte, NC 

Carolina Catholic Bookshoppe 

Charlotte, NC 

Vicar for Women Religious 

Charlotte, NC 

Saint John Neumann Parish 

Charlotte, NC 

Sisters Senate, Diocese of Charlotte 

Charlotte. NC 

Catholic Daughters of America Court 1 199 

Charlotte, NC 

Sisters of Saint Joseph 

Chestnut Hill, PA 

Glenmary Home Missioners 

Cincinnati, OH 

Holy Family Church 

Clemmons, NC 

Sisters Adorers of the Blood of Christ 

Columbia, PA 

Bannon Associates Inc. 

Columbus, OH 

Immaculate Conception Church 

Durham, NC 

Saint Stephen Ladies Club 
Elkm, NC 

Daughters of Charity 

Emmitsburg, MD 

Sisters of Providence 

Fall River, MA 

Archangel Michael Maronite Church 

Fayetteville, NC 

Immaculate Conception Church 

Forest City, NC 

Sisters of the Good Shepherd 

Garner, NC 

Goodwill, Inc. 

Gastoma, NC 

Saint Mary Catholic Parish 

Goldsboro. NC 

Saint Benedict Church 

Greensboro, NC 

Our Lady of Grace Parish 

Greensboro, NC 

Saint Mary Church 

Greensboro, NC 

Berico Fuels, Inc. 
Greensboro, NC 

Abbot Taylor Assembly Knights of Columbus 

Greensboro, NC 

Our Lady of Grace Legion of Mary 

Greensboro, NC 

Piedmont Council Knights of Columbus 

Greensboro, NC 

Saint Pius Tenth Parish 
Greensboro, NC 

Saint Gabriel Parish 

Greenville, NC 

Annunciation Altar and Rosary Society 

Havelock, NC 

Knights of Columbus Council 6648 

Havelock, NC 

Annunciation Parish 

Havelock, NC 

Catholic Sisters 

Hayesville, NC 

Good Shepherd Home Health Agency, Inc. 

Hayesville, NC 

Immaculate Conception Church 

Hendersonville, NC 

Immaculate Conception Council 
Knights of Columbus 

Hendersonville, NC 

Maryfield Nursing Home 

High Point, NC 

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church 

High Point, NC 

NC State Council Knights of Columbus 

Jacksonville, NC 

Holy Redeemer Catholic Church 

Kill Devil Hills, NC 

Living Waters Reflection Center 

Maggie Valley, NC 

Saint Margaret Parish 

Maggie Valley, NC 

Our Lady of the Angels Church 

Marion, NC 

NC Federal Savings and Loan Association 

Matthews, NC 

Saint Charles Borromeo Church 

Morganton, NC 

Holy Angels Church 

Mount Airy, NC 

Saint Paul Catholic Church 

New Bern, NC 

State Court Catholic Daughters of America 

New Bern, NC 

Little Sisters of the Assumption 

New York, NY 

Saint Joseph Church 

Newton, NC 

Maryhurst Retreat House 

Pmehurst, NC 

Sacred Heart Cathedral 

Raleigh, NC 

Catholic Telecommunications North Carolina 

Raleigh, NC 

Saint Raphael the Archangel Parish Family 

Raleigh, NC 

Our Lady of Lourdes Parish 

Raleigh, NC 

Saint Joseph Parish 

Raleigh, NC 

Stained Glass Associates 
Raleigh, NC 

Saint John the Baptist Church 

Roanoke Rapids, NC 

Wolverine Boots and Shoes 

Rockford, MI 

Saints Mary and Edward Church 

Roxboro, NC 

Sacred Heart Church 

Salisbury, NC 
Sacred Heart School 

Salisbury, NC 

Engaged Encounter: Diocese of Charlotte 

Salisbury, NC 

Saint Stephen Church 

Sanford, NC 

Saint Jude Church 

Sapphire Valley, NC 

Architectural Design Group 
Shelby, NC 

Gate of Heaven Church 

Surf City, NC 

Saint Margaret Mary Church 

Swannanoa, NC 

Saint Mildred Church 

Swansboro, NC 

Saint John the Baptist Church 
Try on, NC 

Parish of Saint Catherine of Siena 
Wake Forest, NC 

Redemptorist Fathers of Waynesville 
Waynesville, NC 

Saint John the Evangelist Parish 

Waynesville, NC 

Saint Eugene Church 
Wendell, NC 

Sacred Heart Parish and Mission 

White ville/Shallotte, NC 

Oblates of Saint Francis de Sales 

Wilmington, DE 

Saint Therese Church 

Wilson, NC 

Dixie Insurance Agency, Inc. 

Winston Salem, NC 

Bishop McGumness Memorial High School 

Winston Salem. NC 

Sierra Club of Winston Salem 

Winston Salem, NC 

Saint Leo Parish 

Winston Salem, NC 

Saint Therese Church 

Wnghtsville Beach, NC 

thank the above parishes, organizations, and 
businesses for their contributions that have 
made possible this commemorative supplement 
honoring Bishop Michael J. Begley. 

A Tribute to Bishop Michael J. Beg 

on the occasion of your retirement, anniversary and birthday. 

Mr. and Mrs. William Abel 

DavidJ. Cleary, Jr. ! : 

Rev. Paul Q. Gary 

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Abely 

Harry and Marcia Clody 

George and Hester Gettier 

Mr. and Mrs. Vincent J. Agar 

Jim, Kathy, Courtney and Brian Coghill 

Mr. and Mrs. Harry N. Gianaris 

Mr and Mrs. William F. Aimone 

Bertha Martin Coleman 

Abel and Jean Girault 

Mack Alexander 

Greg Collins Family 

Darrel and Lila Glankler and Children 

Elizabeth H.Allan 

Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth R. Conklin 

Thomas S. Glenn 

Msgr. Richard Allen 

Mr. and Mrs. Lester P. Conners 

Leo and Lauretta Glosemeyer 

Mr. and Mrs. Julian Almaraz and Family 

Mr. and Mrs. J. William Connery 

Gerald J. Gloster and Family 

Juan Alva Family 

Mr. and Mrs. Willard Conrad 

Shirley Gluck 

Mr. and Mrs. Roberto Alvarez 

Mr. and Mrs. John J. Conway 

Stanley and Josephine Golas 

Bill and Dottie Amann 

Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Corpemng 

Mary and Martha— Gospel Twins 

T. W. Andress Family 

Arnold and Carlton Cortez 

Mr. and Mrs. K. C. Gove 

Ronald Arch Family 

Mrs. Grace B. Cowden 

Mr. and Mrs. Henry J. Grady 

Dr and Mrs. Jay Arena 

M. J. Cowden, deceased 

Mr. and Mrs. Peter Gratale 

Rev. Joel Arnold, OFM Conv. 

Mr. and Mrs. R. Cowen Family 

John and Alice Gray 

Mr and Mrs. J. Allen Austin and Family 

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Cox 

Dick and Betty Grebner 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Averell 

Mr. and Mrs. Patrick J. Cox and Children 

Henry and Eleanor Gremo 

Dr. Frederick J. Bachl 

Joseph Coyle Family 

Mr. and Mrs. Harry T. Gnbbon 

Jack and Virginia Baker 

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Coyne 

Harry and Gail Grim 

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Balls 

0. A. Crenshaw Family 

Wilfred and Katherine Grisez 

Robert L. Bambauer Family 

Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Cnbbm 

Mr. and Mrs. Jack L. Gnshaw 

Mrs. KathyN. Barnett 

Mrs. De Sales Mary Crowley 

Walt and Rom Grosh 

Clare M. Barry 

Berthe Cruywels 

Aurelial. Guffey 

Fam., late Wm. E. and Mary Frederick Bate 

Doug Cudlipp 

Mr. and Mrs. Frank X. Gulli 

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Bateman 

Peg Cudlipp 

John W. Guthrie, Jr. 

Judith Baty 

Cullen Family 

Mr. and Mrs. Paul A. Haberbush 

Raymonde T. Baumeister 

Mr. and Mrs. John C. Cunningham 

Martha and Wade Hamilton 

Mr. and Mrs. James P. Baxter 

Currier Family 

Frank W. Hammer Family 

Verna E. Bean 

Mr. and Mrs. Leonard J. Dacey and Family 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Hansbury 

Irene Beaudm 

Ranny and Rita Daly 

Mr. and Mrs. Norns Hanson 

Bridgett Bell 

Edith Baugh Darwin 

Bob Hanson 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles H. Benes 

John and Mary Lib Daye 

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Harcharik 

Rev. Ramon Berg 

Chris J. Daye 

Paul G. Harrington Family 

Mr. and Mrs. Alvin W. Bergeron 

Vincent De Gregono 

Bill and Evelyn Harris 

Hugo Beringer 

Ms. Jean Del Frate 

Rev. Robert Healy 

A. Bernard 

Bee Delaney 

W. C. and Dolores Heebner 

Mr and Mrs. William R. Bernish 

Mr. and Mrs. Amalio DeRobbio 

Mr. and Mrs. Joedale Helms 

Edward A. and Mary R. Berry 

Sue, Don and Don Jr. DeSanto 

Marta N. Henderson and Family 

Jim and Mary Berry 

B. A. Dezzutto 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Hennelly 

Joseph L. Berry Family 

Mr. and Mrs. Frank DiSanto 

Mr. and Mrs. Peter James Hickey 

Dr. RuthY. Bescherer 

Robert Doetsch 

Sally and Freddie Hickman 

Harold and Marilyn Bittleman 

Mr. and Mrs. Richard L. Doherty, Sr. 

A. N. Higgins Family 

Mrs. Margaret C. Blair 

Donaldson Family 

Don Hmes Family 

Dr. and Mrs. Walter J. Bo 

Rev. Raymond Donohue 

Mr. and Mrs. Carl O. Hocke 

Steve and Eileen Bodenheimer Family 

Mr. and Mrs. G. Patrick Donovan and Family 

Jame M. Hogan 

Virginia C. Boguz 

Thomas E. Dowd 

Mrs. Frank J. Holland and Family 

Andrew E. and Martha G. Bond 

Deacon and Mrs. John J. Doyle 

J. H. Hong, MD 

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Bond 

Rosalie Waters Driscoll 

Ann and Preston Hoover 

Barry and Mary Boneno 

Libby Driscoll 

Dale and Joan Hopkins 

Mr. and Mrs. Walter Boucher 

Joseph Dulski Family 

Horn Family 

Sheila J. Boulger 

Ora Lee Duncan 

Frank and Helen Houston 

Elizabeth Boulus 

Rev. Arthur L. Duncan 

Howard and Mary Ruth Horney 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Brant 

Harold M. Dunnagan Family 

Mr. and Mrs. John B. Howren 

Mr. and Mrs. Chuck Brantley and Family 

Audrey and George Durner 

Bishop Joseph Lawson Howze 

E. Anthony Braun Family 

Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy B. Dwight 

Mr. and Mrs. George Hrenko 

Mr. and Mrs. George M. Bnnsmaid 

Peter Edquist 

Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Hubbard 

Libby Driscoll Broadhurst 

Jerry and Marie Edwards 

John and Marion Hubbard 

Mr. and Mrs. John J. Brody 

Julia Edwin 

Donald R. Hughes 

Mr. and Mrs. Donald L Brookshire and Family 

Mr. and Mrs. Adam Ehling 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert V. Hunmcutt 

Ted and Nora Brown 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Eichorn 

Joseph J. Hunt Family 

Rev. Msgr. John A. Brown 

Mr. and Mrs. Joe El-Khoun and Family 

Mrs. T. Carey Ilderton 

Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Brucklacher 

Richard D. Ennen 

Dr. and Mrs. R. C. Jacinto and Children 

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph M. Bryan 

Dolan Erwin Family 

Ray Jackson Family 

Christiane Buchanan 

Bob and Carroll Estes 

Dr. and Mrs. W. A. Jarrell, Jr. 

Arthur E. Buddenhagen Family 

Gene and Roselyn Fairley 

Dr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Jaski and Family 

Mr. and Mrs. William B. Buol 

Sally Falls 

Paul H.Johnson 

Frank L. Burke 

Louis K. Faqum Family 

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Jones 

Lamar Burke 

In memory of John J. FarnsSr. 

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph G. Jones 

John and Kathleen Burkhardt 

by Mrs. John J Farris 

Msgr. James R. Jones 

Elizabeth L. Burns 

Ray S. Farris Family 

Rev. Michael H. Jordan, SJ 

Rev. Jeff Burton, SJ 

Rev. Richard B. Farwell 

Lillian and Oscar Joy 

Rev. Richard W. Burton 

Philip A. Fecher 

Dr. and Mrs. D. G. Joyce 

Mr. and Mrs. Jack K. Busby 

Mr. and Mrs. W. Aubrey Federal 

Joseph Jugis Family 

Mrs. Walter A. Busch 

M. Rev J. L. Federal 

Hazel and Thomas Kabat 

LeahM. Butler 

Mr. and Mrs. Keegan Federal 

Joseph D. Kannon 

Rev James M. Byer 

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis C. Ferretti 

Miss Lillian Rose Kannon 

Mr. and Mrs. L. G. Byrnes 

Mr. and Mrs. Don J. Fern 

Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Kasper 

Rev. J. Paul Byron 

Mr. and Mrs. Salvatore A. Festa 

Loraine and Bertha Kays 

R. Canterbury 

Robert Flanagan Family 

Rev. PiusF. Keating, SA 

Emmett E. Carey 

Mr. and Mrs. Henry E. Flewelling 

Rev. James F. Keenan 

Tom and Ruth Carlisle 

Mr. and Mrs. Neil D. Foley 

Mr. and Mrs. Martin T. Kehoe 

Sybil and Fred Carlock 

Mr. and Mrs. G. R. Forney 

Paul L. Keller Family 

Harriet D. Carpenter 

Richard and Virginia Forrester 

Mr. and Mrs. Harry J. Kelly, Sr. 

Robert C. Carpenter Family 

Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Fortune 

Mr. and Mrs. Charles L. Kennedy 

Mr. and Mrs. Jack Cartwright 

Bermce C. Fowler 

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph F. Kenney 

Joan O. Cavanaugh and Family 

JohnH. Fox Family 

Mrs. Frances Kestler 

Mr. and Mrs. Carmen Cea 

Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Gaertner 

Mr. and Mrs. William F. Kilpatrick 

Mrs. I E. Chamt rs 

Galhgan Family 

Mr. and Mrs. Peter John King and Family 

Mr. and Mrs. Steve Garbo 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert D. Kingman, Jr. 


Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Garner 

David A. Kirk Family 


Herb and Millie Garrison 

Joseph J. Klaus 

to Bishop Michael J. Begley 

Mr. and Mrs. John E. Klika 

Rev. Francis J. O'Rourke 

Anne E. Tezak 

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Kloiber 

James S. Ondrako 

Mr. and Mrs. John C. Thomas and Family 

Nick and Leona Kluesner 

John D. and Juanita A. Organ 

Mr. and Mrs. J, Arthur Tiernan 

Millie and Joe Klug 

Paul D. Owen Jr. and Family 

Mr. and Mrs. Maynard Tipps 

Msgr. Frederick A. Koch 

Viva H. Owens 

Mr. and Mrs. M. P. Tobin 

Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Kolodny 

Mr. and Mrs. Rino Palombit 

James R. Tompkins 

John and Nancy Kopfle 

John F. Parish 

Mr. and Mrs. Ninh G. Tran 

Dr. and Mrs. Martin J. Kreshon and Family 

Mrs. Walter B. Parker 

Mr. and Mrs. Rocco A. Trombello 

George Kutcher 

Frank Patrick 

Marguerite Trott 

Marie Wellein Kutlik 

Mr. and Mrs. Paul Patrizia 

Mr. and Mrs. J. Miles Turner 

M. L. and Kate Lacy 

Mildred G. Patton 

Jerry R. and Mary Tysinger and Family 

Everett E. and Virginia L. Lamczyk 

Philip and Lorna Paul 

Mary Dnscoll Underwood 

Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Langevin 

Bill and Marie Pearson and Family 

Most Rev. Ernest L. Unterkoefler 

Esther and Harry Lapham 

Mr. and Mrs. Jack W. Peeters 

JohnR. Urben 

R. P. LeBeau Sr. and Family 

Victor Pena 

Paul H. and Frances M. Urben 

Courtney C. Leavitt 

Mr. and Mrs. D. B. Pennington 

Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Vaillancourt 

Mr. and Mrs. Wayne C. Leckey 

Thomas and Margaret Perkins 

Pota Vallas 

Mrs. Harold A. Lee 

Rev. Msgr. William Neal Pharr 

Mr. and Mrs. Peter J. Verna 

Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Legendre 

Marian Phillips 

Mrs. May C. Verna 


Rev. William L.Pitts 

Mr. and Mrs. Raymond E. Vetter 

Mrs. Florence M. Leonardi 

Mr. and Mrs. Paul H. Poetzsch 

Rev. Joseph G. Vetter 

Rev. Gerald L. Lewis 

Jim and Paula Polczynski 

Mr. and Mrs. Felipe M. Villalon 

Bob and Georgia Lewis 

Eva Pollard 

Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Vitt 

Tony and Louise Libertore 

Annie W. Pope 

Mr. and Mrs. William A. Volk Family 

Mr. and Mrs. Paul J. Lieb 

Floyd M. Pope 

Norman J. Volp 

Mr. and Mrs. Richard H. Llewellyn 

Francis and Telia Potter 

Don M.Wallace 

Joseph C. Lockwood 

Anna M. Price 

Mr. and Mrs. T. Kevin Walsh and Family 

Nguyen Xuan Long 

Mrs. Melva T. Price 

Sr. Elizabeth Waters 

Richard P. Lortie Family 

Oblate Sisters of Providence ; 

John T. and Mary Waters 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Lory 

G. A. Raeker Family 

Shirley Y.Webb Family 

Richard A. Lucey Family 

Mr. and Mrs. Ernest E. Rains and Family 

Rev. Msgr. William G. Wellein 

Minnie Lucksavage \ 

Mr. and Mrs. Carl Ralston 

Ruth and Bill Wells 

Mr. and Mrs. Harold H. Lund 

Dr. andMrs.J. G. Rehm 

Joe H. and Marie Westerman 

MacNaughton Family 

Foster and Lyn Renwick 

W. J. and Virginia H. Whalen 

Joseph and Helen Mack 

Mrs. Teresa L. Repetto 

Mrs. Irene Whiteside and Family 

Elvira Macsovitis 

Dr. Hernane C. Restar and Family 

George E. Whitley 

Mr. and Mrs. Walter B. Mallonee and Family 

Carol Reuss 

John H. Wicker Family 

Bryon L. and Lorraine J. Malphurs 

Alma F. Rice 

Gary and Mickey Wiggins and Family 

Margaret and John Mancino 

Mr. and Mrs. Donald J. Rice 

Mr. and Mrs. Gerald S. Williams 

LeoH. Manley 

Waverlyn Nathaniel Rice Family 

Frances E. Williams 

Bernard A. Manley, Jr. 

Rev. John Richardson 

Kenneth D. Williams 

Mary and Andrew Markey 

Frank and Kitty Rodgers 

Tom Williams 

Henry N. Martin Family 

Mrs. Marguerite Rogers 

Dr. and Mrs. John Wmgert and Family 

Dr. and Mrs. John David Mauney III and Family 

Keith, Leslie, Greg, Tish and Tom Rokoske 

Mr. and Mrs. Dick Winslow 

R. J. Mazoyer Family 

Walter and Ann Rollman 

Steve and Yvonne Winters 

Rt. Rev. Edmund F. McCaffrey, OSB 

Alice and John Roth 

Mrs. W. A. Wishon 

Miss Anna M. McCarthy 

Miss Alice Rowan 

Elizabeth and James Wittman 

Mr. and Mrs. Larry McCord 

Mr. James Rowan 

Earl Wood 

Rev. Bernard K. McDonald 

Sue S. Ruck 

Mrs. Gaither Wood 

Pauline McDonough 

Edward C. Ruff and Family 

Mrs. Gladys D. Woods 

McGeady Family 

Katherme and James Ryan 

Virginia W. York 

Mr. and Mrs. Thomas P. McGough 

Salcines Family 

Johnny and Esther Young 

Dr. and Mrs. Charles W. McGrady 

Sylvia and Fred Schiebler 

Ray Zabel Family 

Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. McGregor 

Mr. and Mrs. Ralph P. Schippa 

Zimmer Family 

Vincent McKone Family 

Scholl Family 

Rev. Joseph Zuschmidt, OSFS 

Ron and Joy McLaughlin 

Mr. and Mrs. R. Schuhmann 

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Schumacher 

Marianna McLoughlin 

Mr. and Mrs. Philip McMahon 

Charles F. Schwab Family 


Mary and Jim McMullen 

Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Sebian 

thank the above parishes, organizations, and 

Bea McSorley 

Segnere Family 

businesses for their contributions that have 

Mr. and Mrs. Edwin W. Means 

Arthur J. Shanahan 

made possible this commemorative supplement 

Walter C. Metz Family 

Katherme and Earl Shaver 

honoring Bishop Michael J. Begley. 

Edward E. Michaels and Family 

Pamala Ashburn Shugart 
Rev. Michael P. Shugrue 

Maria Lopez Miller 

Frank D. Miller 

Mr. and Mrs. Earl A. Silverthorne 

Betty C. Minnick 

Adrian Dominican Sisters 

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Mitchell 

Skaradzinski Family 

Mr. and Mrs. J. F.Mitchell 

Robert M. Skurla Family 

Rev. James A. Mobbs 

Rosemary Slaydon 

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Robert H. Moeller, Sr. 

Charles W. Smith, Jr. and Family 


Rev. Frank Moeslem 

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Smith 

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James Molenar and Family 

Grace Waters Smith 

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Marina Molla 

John L. and Connie Smith 

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Mr. and Mrs. John S. Monahan 

Mr, and Mrs. William R. Smith and Family 

E. F. Montrose 

Mrs. Sam Sondey 

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Mr. and Mrs. Dale Morey 

John and Sheila Stack and Family 

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Meredith Ann Morgan 

Mr. and Mrs. Paul N. Stack 

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Mr. and Mrs. Joe Mosca 

Henry and Vivian Stokes 

Dr. Joseph M. Moses 

Mr. and Mrs. Daniel C. Straka 
Frances Strawn 


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William Paul Mullis Family 

Maurice Stuhrenberg Family 


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Robert C. Mullman Family 

Roberto and Miriam Suarez 


Marvin and Elizabeth Mumford 

RositaJ. Suarez 


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Mr. and Mrs. Albert Nance 

Rita and Joe Such 

Mr. and Mrs. John Nelis 

Catherine I, Sullivan 

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William Niccolai Family 

Mr. and Mrs. Eugene S. Tade 

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Mr. and Mrs. L. Paul Nobert 

Annie M. Taylor 


Cleon and Helen Norcott 

Charlotte Ruffner Taylor 

S^xM^I I^^^^HfeflBr'iH 

Timothy R. OGonnell Family 

Mr. and Mrs. D. T. Taylor and Family 

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Mr. and Mrs. Phillip E. O'Dell 

Stella Tellup 

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Deacon and Mrs. Dennis O'Madigan 

Douglas and Anne Tennent and Family 


A Tribute to Bishop Michael J. B 

the bishop is a sign of the love of 
Jesus Christ. He expresses to all — 
with universal charity— the love of 
the Good Shepherd." 

—Pope John Paul II 
Sept. 5, 1983 

Drawing by J. Vandermeer, Asheville 

The Staff extends appreciation 

to Bishop Michael J. Begley 

for his 12 years of leadership 


e to Bishop Michael J. Begley